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Last chance in Texas : the redemption of criminal youth

Author: John Hubner
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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An account of the way one remarkable prison rehabilitates its inmates. While reporting on the juvenile court system, journalist Hubner kept hearing about a facility in Texas that ran one of the most successful treatment programs for violent young offenders in America. Now Hubner shares what he found over months of unprecedented access to the Giddings State School, home to "the worst of the worst": four hundred  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hubner, John.
Last chance in Texas.
New York : Random House, c2005
(OCoLC)607600076
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Hubner
ISBN: 0375508090 9780375508097
OCLC Number: 58386382
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxv, 277 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: "Toughest prison in Texas" --
Pt. 1. Boys. "Looking like psychopaths" --
"I want to run and get a knife" --
"Stranger passing by" --
"No affection or concern until I got locked up" --
Football behind a fence --
"I felt powerful with the gun" --
Glad they were home --
Pt. 2. Girls. "Is that man there?" --
Meeting Katy --
"Bitch this, the bitch that" --
"Stupid when you look back on it" --
"I earned myself some distance from myself" --
Boys --
Ronnie. Tran. Daniel. Antonio. Johnnie. Tim. Dwayne --
Jerrold. Girls --
Candace. Elena. Jani. Keisha, Nicole. Rachael. Cristina. Michelle.
Responsibility: John Hubner.
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An account of the way one remarkable prison rehabilitates its inmates. While reporting on the juvenile court system, journalist Hubner kept hearing about a facility in Texas that ran one of the most successful treatment programs for violent young offenders in America. Now Hubner shares what 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 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.--From publisher description.

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