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Patrick S. O'Donnell

One of the two books discussed by David Cole in the latest issue of the New York Review of Books (Nov. 25, 2010) could be said to help make the case against executing the guilty. Unfortunately, the piece is not freely available online but the book in question is by a convicted murderer and prison journalist, one Wilbert Rideau: In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance (2010).* Cole writes of Rideau's "successful rehabilitation" [which] may well have been in part the result of his remarkable ability to sustain hope in the face of all evidence."

From Publishers Weekly:

"Against all expectations, his own included, he turned his up-to-then cursed life around, becoming editor of the prison newsmagazine, the Angolite, and an NPR correspondent who published nationally acclaimed articles on prison violence, rape and sexual slavery, and the cruelty of the electric chair. Rideau frames his 44-year fight to get his conviction reduced to manslaughter and win parole (he succeeded in 2005) as a black man's struggle against a racist criminal justice establishment. More inspiring is his self-reclamation through tough, committed journalism in an unpropitious setting where survival required canny alliance building against predatory inmates and callous authorities alike. To a society that treats convicts as a worthless underclass, Rideau's story is a compelling reminder that rehabilitation should be the focus of a penal system."

*See: http://www.amazon.com/Place-Justice-Story-Punishment-Deliverance/dp/0307264815/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1289804546&sr=1-1

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Alex Husty

I read The Confession by John Grisham in 2 days. It is an awesom novel and it will certainly keep you late at night make you turn the pages one by one. This is one hell of an unputdownable novel which I have read this year.

Through this novel, Grisham raises serious question regarding death penalty that we don't have any right to sentence someone for death penalty rather give them life imprisonment.

I really wished Grisham could have kept the boy (Donte Drumm) alive and let the story end on a happy note but just like his previous novel The Chamber, he does the contrary what the readers anticipated for.

Diana Albert

The Confession by John Grisham is really an interesting novel.I had read this book last night and had enjoyed lot. I had shared this story with one of my friend and she also liked it.

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