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A Map Through the Maze.

A Map Through the Maze

Ned Rollo, author

Louis W. Adams, contributor

Katherine S. Green, editor

Impact Publications

9104 Manasses Drive, Suite N, Manassas park, Va 20111

9781570233531, $11.95, 144pp,

Synopsis: Each year nearly 12 million people in the United States circulate in and out of jails, detention centers, and prisons. For most, it's a brief and eventful encounter. But for the 2.2 million who serve longer sentences, it's a chilling and costly experience punctuated with fear, distrust, fragile hope, boredom, grief, and depression. How can they best cope with a criminal justice maze that's often filled with endless barriers, deadly traps, and hopelessness? For more than 48 years, Ned Rollo has been active on both sides of the law--5 1/2 years in state and federal prisons and more than 40 years as a correctional educator and counselor. He has authored several popular books, videos, and training programs for ex-offenders. In "A Map Through the Maze: A Guide to Surviving the Criminal Justice System" Rollo draws upon his years of experience and expertise to provide inmates, their loved ones, and correctional educators with critically important insights including: an understanding true freedom; confronting the prison experience; beating the system at its own game; transforming thoughts and actions; overcoming barriers to growth and self-worth; avoiding deadly traps; accepting responsibility and rejecting excuses; developing a survival and success strategy; maintaining physical and mental health; acquiring education and vocational skills; saying "Goodbye" and "Hello, I'm back"; staying in touch with the ever-changing world; controlling anger and hate; progressing in the free world; avoiding the dangers of trying to "catch up". A special chapter by Louis W. Adams, D. Min., provides much needed wisdom to the families of offenders who also serve a sentence in silence. It addresses such issues as loss, grief, anger, depression, setting limits, getting help, finding support, maintaining a relationship, helping children, visiting, and homecoming. An extensive resource section puts readers in touch with the best ex-offender survival and re-entry books and DVDs. "A Map Through the Maze" also is tied into a major DVD (Now What?) and training program. "A Map Through the Maze" is the definitive guide to surviving the correctional experience.

Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "A Map Through the Maze: A Guide to Surviving the Criminal Justice System" is a critically important and very highly recommended addition to city and county jail, state and federal penitentiary, prisoner rights oriented community agency, and academic library Penology instructional reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "A Map Through the Maze" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Michael J. Carson


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Title Annotation:A Map Through the Maze: A Guide to Surviving the Criminal Justice System
Author:Carson, Michael J.
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jan 1, 2016
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