Thursday, April 11, 2013

J-Juvenile Delinquency and Detention and Characters From YA Books

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In America's criminal justice systems, a Youth Detention Center or Juvenile Detention Center also known as "juvie" is a secure residential facility for youth who have been arrested and detained.

Here are some characters from YA books that focus on juvenile detention or delinquency...

Mark Salzman from True Notebooks by Mark Salzman is a best selling author who paid a reluctant visit to a writing class at L.A.'s Central Juvenile hall, a lockup for violent teenage offenders, many of them charged with murder.


Steve Harmon from Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a sixteen year old boy on trial for murder. He is accused of being involved in a robbery that resulted in the death of the drug store owner. But was Steve really the lookout who gave the "all clear" to the murderer, or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Dylan Dawson from Take Me There by Carolee Dean is a seventeen year old boy trying to pull his life together after his release from juvenile hall. But going straight isn’t easy, and he can’t seem to keep out of trouble. He heads south for Texas, on the run and in search of his father. When Dylan finds him, he certainly gets answers—but they’re answers to questions he wishes he’d never asked.

Don't Forget about the power of three!!!

Head over to Moxie Writers for more on the YA cause/tough issue and organizations that help.

Head over to Susan Oloier's site for a song and lyrics that pertain to today's issue.

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