In each of the ensuing chapters, the author further debunked many of my perceived realities about criminal law. I was especially intrigued by the discussion in chapter five of the role language plays in the entire process, and the flaws in our laws and trial procedures relating to physical and sexual child abuse in chapters six and seven. By the time I finished the book, I was already beginning to consider what a more effective juror I would be if I ever had the opportunity to serve, and how much more intelligently I could follow significant national and local criminal cases.
For me, on one level, reading The Humanity of Justice, by Burke E. Strunsky, turned out to be like watching a DVD of the complete first season of my new favorite crime program, only better, because I could easily pour over all the details of each story. But the book was much more than that on another level. It challenged my perceptions and made me want to become more knowledgeable about criminal law. It made me think how I could help victims and help make change happen that would matter and make the law and our procedures better. And for me, The Humanity of Justice is a book that can make a difference.
(Reviewed by Joseph Yurt for Reader Views)