Criminal to Critic: Reflections amid the American Experiment by James E. Palombo

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By James E. Palombo

This autobiographical discourse lines the studies of James Palombo from drug-dealing wise-guy and convict to social employee, professor, and global tourist. alongside the best way, and during his struggles, Palombo speaks to a number of very important concerns relative to America--a state he sees as frequently at odds with its personal identification. mixed with the learn of Randall Shelden, felony to Critic increases major and well timed concepts, eventually serving as a bridge among educational and public audiences in encouraging a discussion valuable to latest want for a extra unified and civic-minded society.

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In addition, there was a heavy accent on my crimes, and even more on the fact that I would not cooperate with the police in providing information about my associates. This is one of the many twists in the criminal justice system— honoring deceit while chastising integrity. There was little mention of the honesty with which I approached the interview, my desire to accept responsibility for the involvement of my girlfriend and her brother or my plan for rehabilitation. In short, the report was clearly biased.

I was trying to convince them, as I had convinced myself, that I had to get there, that this might be my only chance to make an education program happen. A few more months passed, but I hadn’t heard much about the transfers except that a process was in motion. It was common news on the yard now and others were hoping to make the trip as well. On a very cold winter morning, I got called down to the administrative center, where I was told to report to the captain’s office. I was hoping that I would get some news on the trans- Prison 29 fer possibility, but his conversation threw me off.

He also told me that inmates would be selected for transfer to that institution, and that although he couldn’t promise me anything, I would stand as good a chance as anyone to make that transfer. As quick as I could arrange it, I met with my counselor friend and he, too, had the same information. He assured me that he would do all that he could to get me a transfer, but he cautioned that even with a transfer, an education program of the type I was hoping for might not be possible. He did agree that if it were at all possible in the system, the new place is where it would happen.

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