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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Forget
I read this book as part of my book club and have been haunted by it since. It is a compelling look at how the justice system has failed this aborignal community.
You have a society that has been plagued by suicide, addiction, residential schools and poverty. Does incarceration mean anything without changing any of the factors that set people up to fail in the first...
Published on June 3 2011 by Antsygirl

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3.0 out of 5 stars Important message
John Reilly is clearly passionate about this cause and about finding ways to prevent the average aboriginal person to not be mistreated at the hands of a select few in the tribal councils. It would have been better, however, if he had received some help with the writing of this book. He writes like a judge. Perhaps this will improve when he writes his second book...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Forget, June 3 2011
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Antsygirl (Alberta, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bad Medicine: A Judge's Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community (Paperback)
I read this book as part of my book club and have been haunted by it since. It is a compelling look at how the justice system has failed this aborignal community.
You have a society that has been plagued by suicide, addiction, residential schools and poverty. Does incarceration mean anything without changing any of the factors that set people up to fail in the first place? How do you change something that no one can even speak about? If suicide or addiction occurred at such a rate in any community outside of a reserve, people would be devastated and it would be on the front page of every Canadian newspaper. I'm glad that someone has broken this silence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The concept of worldview, June 21 2011
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This review is from: Bad Medicine: A Judge's Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community (Paperback)
I concur with the previous review - haunting, sad, compelling. Worth reading! The book provides a whole new perspective on why the euro-centric view of justice imposed on the First Nations community has not worked. Reilly, has written his learning as a judge and a human being, one who cannot overlook where change is desperately needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening, Dec 27 2013
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This is a great book that offers great insight into a very complex and difficult topic. Whatever your biases when opening the book, you're sure to put it down with new trailheads to explore.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Important message, Nov. 14 2013
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John Reilly is clearly passionate about this cause and about finding ways to prevent the average aboriginal person to not be mistreated at the hands of a select few in the tribal councils. It would have been better, however, if he had received some help with the writing of this book. He writes like a judge. Perhaps this will improve when he writes his second book because his message is certainly something that people need to hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!, Aug. 12 2013
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Much cheaper than having to buy it from my university book store, and incredible ready. I would VERY HIGHLY recommend to anyone studying law / aboriginal law / aboriginal relations. Amazing read!
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