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At first I was a skeptic, but after doing the book, I must admit that I was wrong. I very much enjoyed the stories. They are something I can relate to. I think, with an open mind, this book can have profound effects on anyone. I must say, I looked forward to working on it more and more.
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The real question is: Can you do it? Is it possible to create a cognitive restructuring curriculum that can actually intervene into a person's well-rehearsed negative scripting and provide alternative thinking? If you can't effectively challenge offenders' self-defeating thoughts and behaviors then your program is ineffective. If it doesn't stay in an individual's memory, then it is a failure. If it doesn't reduce recidivism rates by 20% to 30% , it falls short of the mark. Crime is a serious problem that requires real solutions. Besides law enforcement, incarceration, and the court system, the only other viable deterrent to crime is to change criminal thinking. If we never change criminial thinking, we will never change criminal behavior.

What is exciting comes from the last 20,000 offenders who have been referred to ACCI's  home study program. In this study from evaluations provided by offenders and coaches, it is clear that many offenders are tired of their wasted, unproductive lives and will make permanent changes if given the opportunity. That opportunity comes from exposure to a well-crafted, evidence-based, best practice cognitive restructuring program. Based on our first-hand observations approximately 30% of the nation's offenders fall into that category.  As mentioned before, just a 2% reduction in a state's recidivism rates would result in savings of millions of dollars, not to mention the potential damage suffered by victims.