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Violence: Reflections on Our Deadliest Epidemic (Forensic Focus, 18) [Paperback]

James Gilligan
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September 1, 1999 1853028428 978-1853028427
This text analyzes the nature and meaning of violence in society. It discusses the impact of violent crimes on men who have committed them, and comments that conventional legal and punitive systems which are based on notions of justice and retribution perpetrate violent behaviour. Gilligan was called into the Massachusetts prison system because of the high rates of suicides and murders within state prisons there; when he left these rates had dropped almost to zero.


Product Details

  • Series: Forensic Focus, 18
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853028428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853028427
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,381,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning reading! March 8, 2012
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A moving and insightful book. A serious study on a difficult subject. Very impressive! I wish it could be read by all politics in the world...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book February 18, 2012
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If we as a society did half of what James Gilligan recommends we would live in a better world. He has worked in criminal justice for 25 years with a proven record. His unique experience and insight has given us several common sense approaches to reduce violence and crime, and save so many wasted tax dollars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Ideas October 6, 2013
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The cliff notes version - Violence can be traced back to shame ( or the avoidance of shame) and that the ever longer jail terms and harsher prisons are going to do nothing to reduce crime.

Towards the end he over generalizes about many of his ideas. But then again, for a free book its actually pretty descent
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