Lucky: Crime and Criminal Justice

Topics: Crime, Criminal justice, Criminal law Pages: 2 (865 words) Published: March 31, 2014
Lucky Reaction Paper
The book Lucky written by Alice Sebold, told the story of her rape and her life before and after it, including parts of the trial and criminal justice system. Her rape happened in 1981 in Syracuse, New York. My initial reaction to the beginning of the book was not good, but after reading the book I have changed my mind. I had a few problems with some of the issues that arose during the trial such as how she was treated by the prosecutors and that she asked for the maximum sentence during the presentencing investigation. I also learned some more interesting facts about the law side of the criminal justice system.

At first I loathed how the book seemed to jump around from after the rape to before the rape. I like books or readings to be a chronological order for the most part. I didn’t mind the spaces in the times so much after the beginning of the book because it did take months for her to go back to school or to see her rapist again. That is understandable and I understand why it was written the way it was, I just didn’t enjoy the first part. I was enticed to read about Lila’s rape and thought it was sad how she treated Alice. I also thought it was sad how she decided to cope with the rape. It was not very nice of the officers to keep focusing on Alice and maybe that was a reason that Lila acted the way she did.

I thought it was awful how Alice was treated by the prosecutors during the whole process. I know that the prosecutors were representing Madison, but I don’t think they needed to treat Alice so crappy. I think it is important to have someone there for you as a victim, so when the rape counselor was not allowed, it was infuriating. Although Alice did not appreciate the counselor as much as other individuals, I still think she had a right to have one there with her. I also severely dislike the way she was treated during the trial. It is no wonder that victims decide not to testify. Recounting the event would be bad enough, but...
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