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Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1557987310 ISBN-10: 1557987319 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn; 1 edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557987319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557987310
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Maruna shines the bright lights of objectivity, intellectual courage, and scientific inquiry, into a dimly understood subject, one which too many people would rather ignore: Specifically, why is criminal recidivism so commonplace, what are the social policies and practices that discourage rehabilitation, what beliefs about criminal behavior do we need to re-examine, how do some offenders manage to reconstruct their lives in spite of all the barriers, and what should we be learning from them. He doesn't preach, he doesn't harangue, he just presents the facts in a convincing and very readable manner, and enlivens the text with a variety of case histories and interviews. Sure to be appreciated by the general public as well as behavioral scientists and correctional experts, "Making Good..." is destined to be a classic in its field.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By George Grunwald on February 6, 2012
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I was a psychiatric social worker in prison and parole mental health settings for eighteen years. During my first few years working at prison, I searched for guidance in the literature on therapy of criminality. I found little. The literature then available -- the late eighties, early nineties -- was written by advocates who idealized prisoners, or by wannabe prosecutors who demonized them. Both camps presented ideology; neither portrayed reality, at least as I saw it; they were of no help in my efforts to help my clients quit crime. Making Good does present that reality. It does so very well. I would have found it helpful at the outset of my career in corrections, and believe it would still be valuable to clinicians now.

Making Good is based on interviews with approximately sixty men and women with histories of petty crime. Half had quit crime, half were still at it. The interview transcripts ring true. In them I recognize the men I saw in individual and group therapy. Building on these interviews, Dr. Maruna articulates achievable and relevant treatment objectives.

He starts with a basic observation. Most petty criminals "age out." They get jobs. They get married. They stop committing crimes. Although this phenomenon is well documented, it is not understood. We do not know why some men give up crime while others continue. Dr. Maruna considers the usual explanations for this aging out process -- "maturation," burnout, increased social and economic opportunity. He shows none of these factors explain why some men leave the life of crime while others do not.

Calling criminals who quit crime "desisters," and those who continue "persisters." he asks if comparing the two sets can lead to an explanation of why some criminals quit while others continue.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karen Franklin on November 1, 2006
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Winner of a 2001 American Society of Criminology Award for Most Outstanding Contribution To Criminology, this meticulously researched book describes the process through which hard-core criminal recidivists desist from crime to lead productive lives.

As the pendulum begins to turn from a crazed rush to incarcerate, there is more and more interest in the topic of prisoner re-entry. What can help criminals turn their lives around and become productive citizens? This book is a great starting point for answering this complex question.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maple Moriji on December 3, 2012
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Because of prison overcrowding here in California, many have been released early from prison and sent to outpatient clinics. Hence, many of them have come to see me. This book helped me a lot while working with those who have been in and out of prison for years.

Shadd Maruna actually studied the narratives of those who have desisted from crime with those who haven't and found significant differences in the way they think. To determine how likely it was for a client to return back to prison, I would compare their narratives with those in the book.

While recidivism rates continue to be high, this book does give one hope as everyone does eventually desist from crime.
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