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Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth

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A powerful, bracing and deeply spiritual look at intensely, troubled youth, Last Chance in Texas gives a stirring account of the way one remarkable prison rehabilitates its inmates.

While reporting on the juvenile court system, journalist John Hubner kept hearing about a facility in Texas that ran the most aggressive–and one of the most successful–treatment programs for violent young offenders in America. How was it possible, he wondered, that a state like Texas, famed for its hardcore attitude toward crime and punishment, could be leading the way in the rehabilitation of violent and troubled youth?

Now Hubner shares the surprising answers he found over months of unprecedented access to the Giddings State School, home to “the worst of the worst”: four hundred teenage lawbreakers convicted of crimes ranging from aggravated assault to murder. Hubner follows two of these youths–a boy and a girl–through harrowing group therapy sessions in which they, along with their fellow inmates, recount their crimes and the abuse they suffered as children. The key moment comes when the young offenders reenact these soul-shattering moments with other group members in cathartic outpourings of suffering and anger that lead, incredibly, to genuine remorse and the beginnings of true empathy . . . the first steps on the long road to redemption.

Cutting through the political platitudes surrounding the controversial issue of juvenile justice, Hubner lays bare the complex ties between abuse and violence. By turns wrenching and uplifting, Last Chance in Texas tells a profoundly moving story about the children who grow up to inflict on others the violence that they themselves have suffered. It is a story of horror and heartbreak, yet ultimately full of hope.

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Synopsis:

Looking at how we treat violent young offenders, a powerful study goes inside Texas's Giddings State School to detail their remarkably effective treatment program for young offenders, following a boy and girl through the harrowing group sessions in which they relive their crimes and the abuse they suffered and assesses the influence of the unconventional therapy on their recovery. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

About the Author

John Hubner is a former staff writer at the Boston Phoenix. He was also a magazine writer and investigative reporter for many years at the San Jose Mercury News, where he is now the regional editor. He lives with his wife and two children in Santa Cruz.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781588361639
Subtitle:
The Redemption of Criminal Youth
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Hubner, John
Author:
John Hubner
Subject:
Social Science : General
Subject:
Social Science : Penology
Subject:
Social Science : Criminology
Subject:
Law : General
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Criminal Law - Juvenile Offenders
Subject:
Juvenile justice, administration of
Subject:
Juvenile delinquents
Subject:
Giddings State School
Subject:
Juvenile corrections - Texas
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Crime-Prisons and Prisoners
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080429
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
304

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
History and Social Science » Crime » Prisons and Prisoners
History and Social Science » Law » Criminal Law » Juvenile Offenders
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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"Synopsis" by , Looking at how we treat violent young offenders, a powerful study goes inside Texas's Giddings State School to detail their remarkably effective treatment program for young offenders, following a boy and girl through the harrowing group sessions in which they relive their crimes and the abuse they suffered and assesses the influence of the unconventional therapy on their recovery. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
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