Friday, April 10, 2015

Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice by Teri Kanefield - ADVISABLE

Kanefield, Teri Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice, 134 pgs. NON FICTION Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. $16.99. NON FICTION Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.  

This book explores the problems with the type of justice system  currently in use in the United States.  Who should determine if something is a crime?  What is an appropriate punishment? Is it fair to apply the rules to everyone, and what happens when we don’t?    With real life scenarios about people whose situations question the validity of our criminal justice system, this leaves the reader with more questions than answers.  Is it cheating if you figure out how to beat a slot machine? Is it bank robbery if the teller makes the mistake and gives you back too much money?  Should the current morals of society determine what is criminal behavior?  

This was a fascinating read. Not full of legalese, there is a glossary of legal terms, a recommendations for further reading, notes and an index.  This is a great addition to your government section, and for any student studying the constitution. 

MS - ADVISABLE  Lisa Librarian

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