by Adam Benforado
A compelling account of how to bring what we now know through psychology and neuroscience to surface conscious cognitive forces in order to prevent the injustice of our current criminal justice system.
"After being locked up for months or years, many inmates have lost the very things that might allow them to return as productive and peaceful members of society: family ties, friendship, years of job training and experience. They are thrown back into the rough sea of life without the anchors, writers, and charts of safe passage needed to avoid a wreck. We are so obsessed with the idea that the experience inside prison must not be like the experience outside that we overlook how much harder that makes it for inmates to rejoin society once they are released. Depriving people of normal human contact does not eliminate criminal behavior; it eliminates the capacity to engage in normal human contact. Losing the stimulation of work, entertainment, or socialization does not prompt people to make better choices in the future; it leaves them unprepared to get a job or interact with the outside world when they are released."