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For some criminals, prison just may be the first opportunity to experience accountability, stability and responsibility. Prison should be a place were the value of education is explained or reinforced. Prisoners should witness responsible employees performing their duties in a professional manner. Unfortunately, that isn’t always a reality.
Instead, those sequestered from society for incarceration usually find themselves living in a dysfunctional environment. Educational opportunities are minimal to nonexistent. Prisoners witness bad behavior of low-level employees being justified by direct supervisors. The supervisor’s justification is reinforced by top administrators. When employee misconduct is a civil rights violation against a prisoner, the behavior is vigorously defended in court. When the action is criminal, the misconduct is seldom reported or prosecuted. And what does the prisoner learn? It certainly isn’t accountability or responsibility.
About the author: Stephen Karban is a prisoner currently incarcerated within the Arizona Department of Corrections. Born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, he purchased his first home by age twenty-one, was self employed by twenty-eight and built a custom home by the age of thirty-one. Stephen is college educated in mechanical engineering and was employed by a defense contractor for several years prior to forming his own design firm. Sentenced to the Arizona Department of Corrections in 2008 for crimes he never committed, Stephen continues to fight for his freedom and justice for those wrongfully convicted.
The perspective shared through this book is not of the ordinary prisoner. Once involved in designing nuclear submarines, universities, football stadiums and even a prison, Stephen now advocates for prison reform and change. His observations are those of a businessman who believes accountability, education and rehabilitation should be relevant to a government agency spending over a billion taxpayer dollars every year on Arizona’s incarcerated.
Events occurring behind prison walls and detailed by Stephen, reveal exactly how tax dollars are being misused due to a lack of oversight and accountability. Fences, razor wire and secrecy can no longer hide the truth. Stephen’s book transports the reader inside the prison in an attempt to invoke change.
Arizona Department of Corrections: An Insider’s Look at Chaos and Corruption is available exclusively from Amazon as an eBook.
In the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration, The Feminist and the Sex Offender makes a powerful feminist case for accountability without punishment and sexual safety and pleasure without injustice.
With analytical clarity and narrative force, The Feminist and the Sex Offender contends with two problems that are typically siloed in the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration: sexual and gender violence, on the one hand, and the state’s unjust, ineffective, and soul-destroying response to it on the other. Is it possible to confront the culture of abuse? Is it possible to hold harm-doers accountable without recourse to a criminal justice system that redoubles injuries, fails survivors, and retrenches the conditions that made such abuse possible?
Drawing on interviews, extensive research, reportage, and history, The Feminist and the Sex Offender develops an intersectional feminist approach to ending sexual violence. It maps with considerable detail the unjust sex offender regime while highlighting the alternatives we urgently need.
Sexual violence affects people of every age, gender, ethnicity, spiritual belief, and socio-economic class. Ninety percent of victims know their abuser. No one is immune from having a family member or friend fall prey to some form of sexual abuse. In some ways, these offenses are symptomatic of the ongoing fragmentation of families, the disintegration of communities, the decline in social morals and values, and brokenness in this world.
The culture of fear rather than truth robs millions of U.S. citizens of their liberty, freedom, and basic human rights. Fear abolishes reason, aborts justice, and imposes extreme injustice. Fear overcomes truth through persistent erosion and the deliberate propagation of half-truths and alternative facts. This book raises the question of whether American justice is based on reason and truth or fear. It examines how the propagation of fear leads to the prosecution of criminal wars and how mass imprisonment costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year. It asks, how do we protect victims and help them heal while moving from a justice of revenge and retribution to a justice of healing, rehabilitation, reconciliation, and restoration? How do we practice biblical mercy and grace?
These are tough questions. There are no easy answers. This book presents a vision of hope and compassion, inviting everyone affected by these issues and especially professing Christians and leaders, to engage in a compassionate dialog of healing and grace. It calls on leaders to set aside fear, prejudice, and ignorance to help transform the conflict, end the war, and promote peace. It presents a dream when the impossible becomes possible.
This book was positively reviewed by Kirkus Reviews — A convincing case for criminal justice reform that may alienate some readers.
Compiled” by Jonathan Grund
The Anti-Registry Activist Manual is a teaching and reference handbook for those who are new to this advocacy. We believe it contains valuable information for seasoned activists as well.
Trauma, Shame and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician Who Heals Himself by Chris Pelloski
There is a reason books recounting the regrets and advice of the dying strike so deep a chord: people who have nothing left to lose can tell their stories with a sincerity and unpretentiousness we crave but that is all too rare. In “Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love,” Christopher Pelloski relates his own downfall from a prominent physician-scientist in the field of radiation oncology in a similarly candid way.
Without fear of losing society’s good opinion—having lost it already—Pelloski has the freedom to be sharply honest in his observations of himself and the world around him. To the question “Why would someone with so much going for him risk, and then lose, everything, by sinking so low?” he offers a gut-wrenching, soul-baring answer that dissects his decades-long downward spiral and examines it from perspectives that range from the historical to the molecular.
Pelloski chronicles the evolution of his devastating legal battle alongside his concurrent journey of recovery from childhood sexual abuse. He shares with us the lessons he learned from these experiences in the hope they can serve as both a warning and an invitation: a warning to abuse survivors not to follow his dark path of silence, and an invitation to society to deal more openly with the multitude of painful issues that have shaped not only his life but also, tragically, the lives of so many others.
Those brave enough to set aside their prejudices and preconceptions will be richly rewarded and challenged by this work.
A Tortuous Path: Atonement and Reinvention in a Broken System by Chris Pelloski
In this thought-provoking sequel to his award-winning memoir, “ Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician who Heals Himself,” former elite cancer doctor and researcher, Christopher Pelloski, chronicles his compelling journey from federal incarceration to halfway house detention to the first few years of building a new “after” life. Alternating between humor, pathos, and measured outrage, Pelloski takes us with him as he weathers imprisonment, divorce, and medical board hearings, undergoes polygraph interrogations and court-mandated therapy, finds a new home, starts a new profession, reconnects with family and old friends, and forges new relationships in “A Tortuous Path: Atonement and Redemption in a Broken System.”
Diverse stories of those encountered along the way show the faces of those most affected by the failures and capriciousness of the American justice system—and demonstrate the essential value of kindness and second chances.
Ben is living a double life. On the surface, he is a mild-mannered husband and father, who actively serves in his church. He loves his wife and children and has an upstanding reputation in the community as licensed counselor and college instructor. But there is another side–the side people don’t see. And now, Ben’s secret of sexual sin is about to be exposed for all to see; his worst fears are about to be realized. Journey with him now, in the first-person, through this compelling narrative-autobiography, as he details the heart-wrenching story of his arrest and incarceration, the progression of his sex addiction and its effects on his family, and the miraculous intervention he receives from above.
This book is the true story of Paul Hanley, who, after being sexually abused, turns against the world that betrayed him. Paul has not learned what love is. He is afraid of the truth. He trusts no one, including himself.
Paul’s painful growth into a man is both disturbing and inspiring. His vivid, unforgettable experiences uncover the twisted roots of the spiritual robbery that is sexual abuse. Paul’s story also helps both counselors and survivors see how the sexually abused can heal – and even bloom – by facing the light.
The Colossal Book of Criminal Citations (2018 Supplement) By Richard Davis by Barkan Research
Whether you have professional legal assistance or are engaged in self-representation, this book is an imperative tool for all accused and convicted criminal defendants. This comprehensive topical collection of case citations will be indispensable in guiding your legal options challenging any potential conviction and sentence. Regardless of your legal or educational background, The Colossal Book of Criminal Citations will help you understand and challenge the many aspects of your own criminal case. Whether you are an inmate, legal advocate or jailhouse lawyer, this book is an essential topical collection of criminal case citations to close the bridge between accusation and justice. This 2018 supplement to The Colossal Book of Criminal Citations (2016 Edition) incorporates an additional 250+ criminal references to our 2016 & 2017 edition.
SO – The New Scarlet Letters: Sex Offenders, Their Treatment and Our Challenge by Marilyn Callahan & Tim Buckley
In Puritan America, a married woman’s illicit affair with a minister landed her in jail. After her release, Hester Prynne was sentenced to forever wear a big red “A” on her dress. Nearly 375 years later, the U.S. continues to be scandalized, tantalized, and perplexed by sex.
It’s time to bring the subject of sex crime out of the Dark Ages, time to help victims shed the shame and trauma of their experience. It’s also time to allow offenders an opportunity to show they can change, make amends, and start to earn back trust and acceptance from society.