Vol. 7, No. 2, 2001 Page 4

Book Review

By Richard L. Nygaard
Copperhouse Publishing Co.
(Erie Bookstore, 800-252-3354, $19.95)

Judge Nygaard is Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Director of the Institute for Behavioral Research at Penn State. In the past, he has assisted Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Albania, Lithuania, Croatia and Azerbaijan to develop their constitutions and Bills of Rights. He participated in an Impact study of the Human Genome Project, then spent two years studying genetics and lecturing and writing about the impact that the project could have on the fields of law, criminology and penology. In short, on the topic of justice, Judge Nygaard knows of what he speaks-and he speaks eloquently.

SENTENCING includes an assembly of eleven of Judge Nygaard's essays, in which he challenges most of the tenets of contemporary, offense-based sentencing. His topics include genetics, legislation and political involvement, the death penalty, free will, the cost of crime, the need for pre- and post-incarceration treatments, and, most of all, the desperate need for a correction-based system. In addition, Judge Nygaard emphasizes the need for behavioral research on brain dysfunction.

The book is written in layman's terms, and is easy to read. But watch out: the arguments are so well presented that you may forever lose some of your present biases.

Quotes from SENTENCING: AS I SEE IT, by Richard Nygaard:

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