Young Blood: Juvenile Justice and the Death Penalty

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Teenage crime and violence are escalating at an alarming rate. Drugs and gangs are everywhere, and in many neighborhoods people are afraid to walk outside their homes. This hard-hitting book examines juvenile crime and its effects on victims, perpetrators, and their families. Editor Shirley Dicks, whose son, Jeff, is on death row, knows from personal experience how one senseless act can forever alter the lives of everyone involved. Dicks examines the problems of today's youths, the types of crimes committed, and ...
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Overview

Teenage crime and violence are escalating at an alarming rate. Drugs and gangs are everywhere, and in many neighborhoods people are afraid to walk outside their homes. This hard-hitting book examines juvenile crime and its effects on victims, perpetrators, and their families. Editor Shirley Dicks, whose son, Jeff, is on death row, knows from personal experience how one senseless act can forever alter the lives of everyone involved. Dicks examines the problems of today's youths, the types of crimes committed, and suggestions to keep our young people from following the criminal path.

Young Blood features writings by death-row inmates, family members of victims and perpetrators, religious and political figures, journalists, criminologists, and legal experts, along with information on programs designed to help young people who have gone astray. Intimate personal accounts reveal the fear and regret of death-row inmates as well as the horror and anxiety of their loved ones. In one moving chapter, a mother speaks candidly about the murder of her daughter and how she feels toward the murderer. Alternately grief-stricken and angry, she concludes that it is up to every citizen to play a part in helping our troubled children before they grow up to become gun-toting hoodlums.

Young Blood advocates rehabilitation programs, a new national emphasis on broken families and the problems of youth, child care for single mothers, and an overhaul of the juvenile-justice system. Dicks calls for a distinction between justice and revenge, and offers a provocative, wrenching, yet realistic look at a problem that threatens the future of our society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879759537
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Dicks has waged a long campaign against the death penalty. She is the author of Congregation of the Condemned: Voices Against the Death Penalty.
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Table of Contents

1 Should Teens Be Tried as Adults? 13
2 Drugs and Teen Violence 51
3 Wrong Side of a Gun 57
4 The Mentally Retarded and the Justice System 75
5 Coretta Scott King on the Execution of Westley Allan Dodd 89
6 The Electric Chair 93
7 Life without Parole: An Alternative to the Death Penalty 97
8 The Young Criminal Years of the Violent Few 105
9 Juveniles on Death Row: Case Profiles 117
10 An Attorney Decries Juvenile Executions 159
11 Juveniles on Death Row 167
12 Who's to Blame? 177
13 Gary Graham, Juvenile on Death Row 181
14 A Death Row Inmate Speaks to Youth 189
15 "Isolation That You Can't Understand," The Ron Harries Story 193
16 An Ex-Biker Rehabilitated on Death Row 201
17 Wrongly Convicted 209
18 They Sentenced My Son to Die 225
19 The Power of Forgiveness 235
20 Winning the Battle against Violence 253
21 The Abuse of Power 263
22 Tennessee Friends Outside Organization: Reconciliation Ministries 269
23 The Reach and Teach Prison Program 273
24 Northwest Youth Outreach 277
25 The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents 279
26 Phoenix Youth at Risk 283
27 Juvenile Violence 289
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