This is a wonderful and informative look into the justice system from the inside. Mr. Strunksy is a senior deputy district attorney who specializes in homicide cases and crimes against children, some of which have been featured on national television. Mr. Strunksy expertly weaves some of the cases he has prosecuted throughout the book as real world examples of how the justice system is set up to work and why and how that looks and plays out in real life.
I really enjoy crime shows on TV, like CSI, Law and Order etc and one of my guilty pleasures is the show Snapped. I, like most people are very curious about why people do the terrible things they do.
Real life is often
incredibly painful and traumatic and a real crime is not always wrapped
up as neatly as one on TV. Some of the stories of cases in the book are
very difficult to read. I had to pause multiple times while reading
about a few cases because it was just too hard to continue and almost
too hard to wrap my head around the heinous things human beings are
capable of doing. The stories in the book however unsettling are
important for their role in demonstrating the various aspects of the
legal system. The stories also serve another, more critical purpose.
They remind of most certainly of the evils in the world but they also
remind us of the victims. The stories give the victims a name and a
face, they introduce us to the human beings whose lives are forever
altered and sometimes ended, far too often by the hands of those they
trust to protect them. These stories also demonstrate the passion,
compassion and tireless effort those who prosecute put in to ensure the
offender is held accountable and to provide a sense of closure and
justice for the family and loved ones of the victims.
did a wonderful job explaining concepts that I thought I knew and
understood and made them much clearer, specifically how the legal system
was formed and why, the reasoning for and importance of trials by jury
and the critical role they play in the process. The power of words,
their use, voice modulation and body language is also discussed and the
power they wield is a very important point.
The thing that stood
out to me most was the discussion on revenge and the desire for justice.
Neuroscientists have discovered the desire for revenge is actually
hard wired into our brains and interestingly is located in the same
region that controls our appetite, and when we imagine enacting revenge
on someone who has done us wrong our brain waves fire in the exact way
that they do when we are craving our favorite foods! There is a quote
that states “ A cry for Justice is always a cry for Revenge” and when
one stops to ponder that statement? It is absolutely true.
very much enjoyed the book and think that those interested in the
workings of the criminal justice system would also enjoy this book. It
is clear that Mr. Strunsky has many years of experience but more
importantly he is able to explain the system in a way that makes it easy
to understand and relate to. Very early into the book you feel the
passion that he has for his job and his commitment to the victims that
he works with, the fact that 100% of the proceeds of the book will be
donated to The Humanity of Justice Foundation (a nonprofit organization
that works to prevent child abuse and neglect) speaks volumes. I am
left feeling better educated, a bit sad but incredibly thankful for the
men and women who dedicate their lives shining their light into some
very dark places.
Interested? Check it out here and happy reading!