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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Insightful, May 13, 2011
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This is one of those books that comes along every so often, that makes one take a look at themselves and think, what would I have done in that person's shoes. I'm speaking primarily about the author, Jacqueline Homan, who has bared her soul to show a different take on the death penalty, the need for social reform for people who not only wind up on death row, but who go through their lives, unable to receive any kind of assistance. People with mental and physical disabilities, those dealing with homelessness, poverty, and no sense of self-worth, who are looked down on and scorned by our society, virtually ignored, until something so horrific as the murder of an innocent brings them to our attention. The book is written in first person, about a seek for the truth and for justice. The story itself is terrifying. And almost as terrifying is the truth about the hate in our society against those who are different, in particular, those with learning disabilities and the mentally ill. I was particularly intrigued because I have a family member who suffers from schizophrenia and have seen first-hand what little help is available to these innocent people, usually stricken down in their early 20s, through no fault, other than a genetic flaw, doomed to live in squalor or locked away in nursing homes for the rest of their lives. Some of those who have no family walk the streets of our cities, living a nightmare from which there is no escape. Our system has failed them. Sometimes they are actually bus-ed to other cities to "clean up our streets." Ms. Homan is no stranger to homelessness, hopelessness, and the lack of help available to people who are, honestly, looked upon as the dregs of our society, better to be ignored than helped. I've read a lot of true crime books, probably hundreds, and Ms. Homan, in spite of her dyslexia, her poverty, has written a book as good as any I've read. Her fight for justice for herself and for others who suffer as result of a disability, should inspire all of us to pay attention, love one another and offer a helping hand to the less fortunate. Reform cannot happen until we recognize that we have a problem. This book clearly tells where the problems lie. I've neglected to say that this book is very well written and straight from the heart.
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