Usually my New Stuff selections gravitate toward science. But this month, the physics book that intrigued me was way out of my league. So I settled on a title that sounded interesting, accessible, and socially significant. Besides, who can’t relate to second chances — at least getting them, if not giving them?!
After an unsuccessful stint as a high school teacher and then earning a creative writing MFA, the author began his law enforcement career as a probation and parole officer in New Orleans. His book tells the story of seven of his “clients” (aka, offenders). As he tells their stories, he shows how improving probationers and parolees chances at housing, health care, drug treatment, and a steady income can help them get on their feet and stay out of jail.
Incidentally, the author’s journey to law enforcement started with a late-night internet research session on mass incarceration. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, Research@UWW is a great way to begin looking for articles and books.
The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison
by Jason Hardy
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