Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth, by John Hubner, follows Hubner as he observes the “worst of the worst” juvenile offenders at Giddings State School. This treatment program is truly a “last chance” for may of the adolescents there – their last chance to change the direction of their lives before ending up in jail. Hubner takes the reader through a gripping and emotional journey as the teenagers go through the Capitol Offenders group and delve into their past hurts, childhood years, and reasons that contributed to their involvement in crime. Each member of the group must tell their life story and crime story and relive them by observing both in a drama, as well as participating in their crime drama as the victim. Once they have experienced this, they attempt to identify what caused their behavior, change it, and learn how to prevent future crimes.
2. Thesis/main point:
Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth chronicles the history of several violent youths at Giddings State School in Texas as they struggle to confront and accept their past. They learn about themselves and why they chose to commit their crimes. Then they attempt to create a better future through accepting responsibility for their crime and developing empathy, not just sympathy, for others.
3. Supporting evidence:
There are many stories shared in this book about the boys and their crimes. Most of the boys have physical abuse, drug addictions, gang affiliations or a combination of these in their background. Several of them have been bounced around to their grandparents, aunts and uncles or even foster care.
Ronnie had the most difficult time telling his story, shutting down for a cou...
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Ward, Mike. "Lawmakers Livid over Reports of Coercion, Extortion at Giddings Youth Lockup." Lawmakers Livid over Reports of Coercion, Extortion at Giddings Y. Austin American-Statesman, 12 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
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