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Dr. Samenow's three decades of working with criminals have reaffirmed his argument that factors such as poverty, divorce, and media violence do not cause criminality. Rather, as Samenow documents here, all criminals share a particular mind-set--often evident in childhood--that is disturbingly different from that of a responsible citizen.
While new types of crime have grown more prevalent, or at least more visible to the public eye--from spousal abuse to school shootings--little has changed in terms of our approach to dealing with crime. Rehabilitation programs based on the assumption that society is more to blame for crime than the criminal, an assumption for which a causal link has yet to be established, have proved to be grossly inadequate. Crime continues to invade every aspect of our lives, criminal court dockets and prisons are oppressively overcrowded and expensive, and recidivism rates continue to escalate.
To embark on a truly corrective program, we must begin with the clear understanding that the criminal chooses crime; he chooses to reject society long before society rejects him. The criminal values people only to the extent that he can use them for his own self-serving ends; he does not justify his actions to himself. Only by "habilitating" the criminal, so that he sees himself realistically and develops responsible patterns of thought, can we change his behavior.
It is vital that we know who the criminal is and how and why he acts differently from responsible citizens. From that understanding can come reasonable, compassionate, and effective solutions.
As a society we are blind to criminals. We mistakenly believe that everyone is good at heart, particularly when they have credentials such as "caretaker,"... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mike Brady
I purchased this book because I am doing my counseling internship at the prison in the state where I live. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Erin
Absolutely brilliant book about what goes on inside a criminals mind, in depth research has found that its all about thinking patterns and tactics.Published 1 month ago by BLUE FISH
Wow, this book written in 1984, couldn't be more applicable to 2014. We all have a choice(!), so choose this book if you are at all curious or concerned about the criminal minds... Read morePublished 3 months ago by s*brina
Dr. Samenow's work does not receive the attention it deserves. He has consistently been effective with the corrections population, persevering in assisting in decrease in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sue
Verbose in writing, told me what I have experienced in 60 years on earth. Should be required reading for all law enforcement folks as they attend training.Published 4 months ago by Michael Daniels
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book. I was very excited to pick it up, as criminology greatly interests me as a layperson; however, several factors contributed to my ultimate... Read morePublished 4 months ago by AJ.