In his latest novel, Delaney’s Hope, Griffin writes about a prison official who regrets his years of collecting a good salary from the system, but helping few. He convinces the American government to let him set up an experimental prison, where inmates do not get out when their time is up – they get out when they don’t do crime anymore.
This explosive book was banned in prison because prison authorities found it challenged the current system and portrayed too well the criminality of a sex offender.
Fellow writer Robert W. Mackay says: Ed Griffin, educator and author, has written a terrific book. Delaney’s Hope is a novel, telling the story of a handful of inmates and a prison reformer who challenges the system. Protagonist Delaney, in that sense, reflects Griffin’s own battle to bring reason and a pragmatic approach to incarceration. For reasons that elude this reviewer, the book has been banned by a prison bureaucracy. Their loss is the reader’s gain. Highly recommended.
The printed copy should be available later this week at Chapters on 72nd.
A footnote to this book: Expert writers say that you shouldn’t write something unless it’s scaring the heck out of you. This novel scared me in my ability to bring seven major characters to life, in my treatment of good methods to deal with their particular crimes, and in the structure of a ‘future prison.’