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People express strong opinions about the causes of delinquent behavior and how such behaviors should be handled. In the book, They Broke The Law – You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime by Thomas A Jacobs J.D., lets you be the judge and think what should happen to the teen that has got in trouble with the law. The juvenile court system makes life choices for those who commit crimes. They decide what’s right, what’s fair, and what’s best for the community. My chosen pieces of writing when reading them I noticed they all have something in common. That was that juvenile criminals can change and start a new, better life for themselves. These pieces are meaningful, helping kids understanding themselves and learning how the juvenile system works. In the poem, “I Just Want To Be A Kid Again”, by R.M. Shilpi, the intended audience is for juvenile justice inmates. This poem is emotionally appealing. You are able to feel connected and understand how the writer is feeling. It contains simple, short phrases. As well as heart warming stanzas like “I want to be more than a body in a cell” (“Shilpi”), meaning she’s just a kid wanting to be someone better in life, in the world. Using common language and single syllabus words such as cell, day, all, do and so on accommodates the audience’s needs and expectations in the way that the inmates are able to understand the poem without any complications. The poem contains stanzas of 4 lines each. It contains words that express an idea and emotion specifically about life lessons for juveniles who have done wrong. As a poem has meaning within, an image does too. The image is intended for people who feel criminals aren’t able to gain life back. I decided to use an image from Witness LA because it’s me... ... middle of paper ... ...nd understand the deep meaning of the many readings available. By learning different types of genres I’ll be able to be more opened with my writing. I’ll have the knowledge I need to be successful in the expectations of the readings. Developing new skills will be helpful in my future. Works Cited Fremon, Celeste. Mario-in-dc-4.gif. Digital image. Witness LA. N.p., 7 Apr. 2009. Print. "I Work at a Juvenile Detention Center. AMA. :IAmA." N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2014. Print. Jacobs, Thomas A. They Broke the Law, You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Pub., 2003. Print. Martin, Michel, Janet Tobias, and Laura R. Bar-On. "Juvenile Justice." Frontline. Dir. Janet Tobias. PBS. KCSM-TV, 30 Jan. 2001. Television. Print. Shilpi, R.M. "I Just Want To Be A Kid Again." Juvenile Justice Poem. N.p., n.d. 19 Mar. 2014. Print.

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