Corrupted: Questions for Book Clubs

  1. In CORRUPTED, what are reminded that the justice system isn’t always just, which is a travesty, but even more devastating when juveniles are involved. What did you learn about the juvenile justice system that was surprising to you? What kind of changes need to be made to protect children?
  2. In writing CORRUPTED, Lisa wanted to look at the long-lasting effects incarceration on juveniles. Unjustly imprisoned or not, what are your thoughts on the way we deal with juvenile offenders? What can we do differently as a society to work towards helping them at a younger age, and potentially rehabilitating them? Should innocently incarcerated victims be less accountable for their actions later in life? To what degree is the justice system responsible for creating future criminals?
  3. Adding to the hardship of Jason’s incarceration, is the fact that his father was billed to cover some of the costs for keeping him. Do you agree or disagree with this idea? Should parents have to foot part of the bill when their child is convicted of a crime? Why or why not? Should adults incur the same costs for their imprisonment? Why do you think juveniles are treated different than adults, even though they are supposed to have the same rights in the eyes of the law?
  4. You can’t help who you fall in love with. Certainly, Bennie’s love in CORRUPTED is not without complications. Ethically, Bennie was fully within her right to date Declan. What obligation, if any, did Bennie have to share information about her personal life with her client? What did you think about Jason’s father’s reaction to finding out? What could Bennie have done differently?
  5. Like many women, Bennie always puts others’ needs before her own, and she tends to lead with her head, not her heart. In CORRUPTED we see her finally do something strictly for her personal happiness and it backfires. When in your life has this happened to you? Knowing the outcome, would you do it again the same way, given the chance? Why or why not? What have you done outside your comfort zone that has turned out great?
  6. Although the aggressor, Richie became a victim of the system, too. As you learn more about Richie and his life, how does your opinion of him change? Had Richie not been caught in the scandal, do you think Richie’s life would have turned out much different? In what ways?
  7. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, judges are elected, not appointed. Do you agree or disagree with this practice? Why or why not? What are the benefits to having elected judges, and what are the risks? Judges hold immense power in our legal system. Do you think that the system adequately monitors them?
  8. The Kids for Cash scandal happened after Columbine and around the time of 9/11. “Zero Tolerance” became an important concept at the time. What do you think about a zero tolerance policy when it comes to kids? In what ways is it necessary, and in what ways have we taken it too far? Are we, as a society, smothering our children’s creativity and individuality with our intense scrutiny of every move they make, or is is necessary, given the times in which we live?
  9. Lou plays an important role in Bennie’s life, although he likely doesn’t realize how much she needs him, not just professionally, but personally. Other than your parents, who are some of the most influential people in your life? Who’s advice do you value the most? Are there people in your life for whom you are the unsuspecting role model?
  10. Bennie is a bit of a lone wolf. Although surrounded by people all the time, she tends to stay on the outskirts, especially at the law firm. Why do you think she does this? Is it her personality, or just a necessary part of being the boss? Do you think that bosses can be truly friends with their colleagues? What are the benefits and what are the challenges?