In 2010-2011, the Insight Out Project, the Mind Body Awareness Project and Stronghold Sound teamed up to produce two pilot 40-minute audio curriculum modules for youth in the California Juvenile Probation System. The impetus…Continue
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There’s been some good news in the media lately for anyone who cares about kids and justice. Federal statistics show that the number of juvenile offenders in jail has dropped by at least 25%. Along those same lines, the New York Times recently reported that New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has called for moving most juvenile cases from criminal court to family…Continue
She was pretty upfront about it: she didn’t want me there.
“It’s not you personally,” Marge explained. “It’s the book.”
Marge was the moderator, researcher, engine, really, of a local reading group. She was good at what she did, I was told, and I believed it. She was pretty thorough at listing all the reasons why she didn’t want to read or recommend to the group my book I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup, about my ten years…Continue
In a six by eight foot jail cell there’s barely room for a bunk, a seatless toilet, and a postage-sized sink. The only other space you have in jail is in your head, and even that gets crowded with all the people you carry around in there who you resent for the things they did to you.
The world is pretty small when you’re locked up, especially if you’re a kid doing time with a healthy body that needs to move, energy sizzling through you like high tension wires, your emotions…Continue
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Statewide test day and Damian was psyched. He didn’t sleep much the night before from worrying. Still, he was there on time, ready to go. Now he sat hunched over his desk, head down, lips moving as he read, his pen
carefully inching across the paper.
He was like any other kid in his grade taking the mandated English exam. The only difference was that he was locked up in an adult county jail in Westchester,…Continue
I’ve done a number of interviews since publishing I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup, and I find, like many authors, that I’m often asked the same questions. “I can answer them in my sleep,” I heard
one author grumble. I felt the same way until I started to really listen to the
questions and give them deeper thought.…
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When you go to jail you feel like everybody’s in your business but nobody cares. You get cuffed, shoved into the back of a squad car.
The police blotter broadcasts to the world what you did. You get booked,
fingerprinted, photographed, everything about you fed into “The Man’s” hungry
computer. You’re watched—by correctional officers, wardens, nurses, other
inmates; even the kitchen workers warily scope you out. Bars instead of…
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