Criminal to Critic: Reflections amid the American Experiment by James E. Palombo

By James E. Palombo

This autobiographical discourse lines the reviews of James Palombo from drug-dealing wise-guy and convict to social employee, professor, and international traveller. alongside the way in which, and during his struggles, Palombo speaks to quite a few very important concerns relative to America--a state he sees as frequently at odds with its personal id. mixed with the examine of Randall Shelden, felony to Critic increases major and well timed innovations, finally serving as a bridge among educational and public audiences in encouraging a discussion valuable to cutting-edge want for a extra unified and civic-minded society.

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I would be leaving, along with about forty others, in less than a month’s time. I shook the captain’s hand with as much thankfulness as I could display and asked if I could see my counselor friend. I was told he had left for a vacation but that he knew about the transfer, and that he was happy for me. As I left the administrative center and walked across the yard, everything seemed to whirl around in my mind. The jail, the plane, Bennie, Sam, Jughead, Hazen, my college-mate counselor, the captain, my family.

It was not going to be easy, but then again, it wasn’t supposed to be. Late every night, my thoughts would turn to prayer, to a God whose image was unclear to me, but who I hoped could help. I prayed for help in keeping myself and my family healthy, and for help with the development of an education program from which I could turn my life around. I would pray to the point of crying. These were deep, soul-searching, and often hurtful moments. But as I received the first letters from my family— my parents, my sister, and my uncles and aunts—all encouraging me with their love and hope, I recognized 20 Chapter Two how blessed I already was.

I let him keep the money, and I even helped him bring the set back to his mother’s house. All the while, we joked about how difficult it would be to explain to any passing police officer that we were actually returning the goods and not stealing them. It was a pathetic story by all accounts, but we now chuckled at the memory nonetheless. Sam returned a few days later with some preliminary results, but his primary reason for the visit was to let me know that another friend of mine, an old buddy from my neighborhood in New York, was also a “guest” at the prison.

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