Can murderers ever truly be rehabilitated?

Back in June I wrote a short review of a book that had arrived on our Daily Circuit shelf. At the time we were swamped and I was bemoaning the fact that we’d have to pass up interviewing the author of a book that really captivated me.

Happily, the tides have turned and Nancy Mullane will join us on The Daily Circuit Friday to discuss her new book ‘Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption.’ My DC book dreams are coming true!

Nancy’s story of five men serving time for murder and then attempting to gain parole approval and reintegrate into society is a fascinating read, and I can’t wait to hear the discussion tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. Tune in!

Do you think that murderers can ever truly be rehabilitated?

–Madelyn Mahon, assistant producer

  • cornellt

    like anything else—some can and some won’t. each and every case is on its’ own merits. 2 many variable factors 2 put everyone into the same box–or throw a blanket over us that fits all. NO one-size-fits-all. so–it depends.

  • Tim Myers

    Thank you for your coverage of this story. I have seen the effect of the realization of personal responsibility and the resulting change in a person. I this case it did not end in parole but in execution. My brother-in-law was a much different man at the end of his life than the man who was convicted.

    I have spent much time on panels, talking reading and thinking about the issue. I agree about the families of the victims having suffered and I understand there resentment of there family member being lost for ever but does it really help them to take revenge? Should we ask the family of the victim to judge? I have lost friends (many) in war but should I decide policy based for those countries based on that loss?

    The John A. Spenkelink that died in the electric chair was a much different person than the young man who was convicted.