Opening the Doors
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About "Opening the Doors"
How does a holy God associate with paedophiles, murderers, drug addicts, alcoholics and the like?This book is a product of many years working with and, in some cases, befriending the most despised people in society, prisoners. It addresses questions such as: Why do some people end up in prison? Do they just wake up one morning and think: 'I am going to rob a bank today'? What happens when they get to prison? How do they cope with the violence? Is rehabilitation a realistic expectation? How can victims of crime be helped and supported?
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The author, Paul Gill, is no stranger to the Perth Anglican Diocese, having served as Senior Prison Chaplain and Co-ordinating Chaplain at Casuarina Prison for ten years before his retirement. This book emanates from his vast experience working in a prison environment in Perth. It is raw and real, confronting and challenging, brutally honest tinged with touches of humour, providing the reader with a valuable insight into a prisoner's life behind the razor-wire. Published by Make Your Mark Publications, the book is beautifully produced, colourful and easy to read. .
Why do some people end up in prison? What happens when they get to prison? Is rehabilitation a realistic expectation? Paul Gill, a prison chaplain in W.A. prisons for over 10 years and with chaplain experience elsewhere, gives a voice to those who face the challenges of prison after their conviction. He accepts that perpetrators of crimes must be punished and the community protected, but despairs at the lack of opportunities for rehabilitation because of overcrowding. Gill's book ranges widely over topics such as drugs and alcohol, indigenous prisoners, families of prisoners, mental illness, loss of identity and the reasons for recidivism. He includes stories and poetry from prisoners and their voices come through strongly in the pages. As he deals with the prisoners' problems and anguish, Gill's own poems and prayers illuminate the text.