The author, a judge who has observed criminal behavior for more than 40 years, challenges the fundamental premises of our criminal justice system and explains how our politicians unwittingly make crime worse rather than better. This book may anger both liberals and conservatives because it exposes the folly of popular correction theories and the so-called “war on crime”.
Unless we clearly understand what he calls the “NORP Think Factor” we are doomed to repeat the same failed, worn-out theories over and over again. The author calls for a different viewpoint on crime supported by research and experience that focuses on changing common criminals’ faulty wrongheaded belief systems. He sets forth an optimistic, yet practical vision for a safer society. This is a book not only for judges, lawyers, and correction workers but also for anyone who works in human services, including parents, teachers and college students majoring in the behavioral sciences.
Judge Challeen has been a visiting faculty member for 27 years at The National Judicial College on the campus of The University of Nevada, teaching judges his unique viewpoint on criminal justice.