RSU to Present Two Book Reviews on Criminal Injustice and Crimes of Punishment

Two Rogers State University professors will give a joint talk about two contemporary criminal justice books on Thursday, March 29, at the RSU Stratton Taylor Library.

The review, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. in room 207 of the library. The event is part of the RSU Literary Review Series.

Joy Hadwiger, an RSU assistant professor, will review John Grisham’s latest book “The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town.” Dr. David Tait will review “Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says About Criminal Justice” by Jens Soering.

“The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town” is Grisham’s first nonfiction book and it focuses on the story of  Oklahoman Ron Williamson, a baseball hero from Ada who winds up an unstable Major League washout railroaded onto death row for a 1982 rape and murder he did not commit.

In the second book, Soering, a lifetime inmate himself, tells stories of prison life that are shocking and inspiring. In his book “Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says About Criminal Justice,” the author explores the execution of Jesus as a criminal and other themes of justice found in the Gospels.

The RSU professors plan to hold a spirited discussion about the themes touched on in both books.

Hadwiger is a specialist in criminal justice and a former employee of the Oklahoma State Department of Corrections.

Tait received a doctoral degree in United States history from Oklahoma State University and his research interests include Oklahoma history and the interaction between religious institutions and social issues.

More information is available by contacting the RSU Stratton Taylor Library at 918-343-7716.