Felons and Fiction: Reprise

The success of the Massachusetts ‘Changing Lives Through Literature’ campaign has allowed the program to expandeven further, now entering the world of the blogosphere, after becoming a valuable part in the reformation of criminals in twelve states over the last two decades. This program provides hope that many of the minor felons of society can be reprogrammed and absorbed into the normal population. My argument then stands that perhaps American justice has for too long punished minor offenses with major punishments not fitting the crime, incarcerated petty criminals and turned them into chronic offenders, and generally failed the population at its one central goal: rehabilitation and integration into the community. Our prisons have become holding pens for violence, percolating ruffians into super-villains, and leaving us all to live in fear of the nation’s dark underbelly and the overpowered justice system that pretends to reform it.