On the Parole Board—Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice
By Frederic G. Reamer, PhD
Columbia University Press
With retellings of criminal cases—some banal, some brutal—On the Parole Board is a book that explains from an insider's perspective how a variety of factors play into the board's decisions: the ongoing effect on victims and their loved ones, the life histories of offenders, the circumstances of the crimes, and the powerful and often extraordinary displays of forgiveness and remorse. It is a complicated choice that balances injury to victims and their families against an offender's capacity for transformation.