Even more so today than the years Ive written about, everywhere inside juvenile prisons, children are forced to experience a never-ending gauntlet of abuse... Yes, of course, it's much easier to look away, because when we look within juvenile prisons, what we see is a reflection of our incompetence to protect our children, to raise them well with care and love. There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children. But he is incorrigible." No one, NO ONE, would be able to do much better than Dwight did considering how things went for him (how things go for most of the children institutionalized in those juvenile jails). Dwight was only nine when he was sent to CYA for the first time. Dwight tells the disturbing tale of a very young child, first committed to the care of the state because of family tragedy and bad luck. I've also seen many videos about juvenile jails lately like these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuE5c... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8c1L... Read this book and imagine yourself in Dwight's shoes.
I may be biased, as I am Dwight Abbott's (Sonny's) brother, Skippy. Know the Truth: Dwight Abbott is exposing it to the Light.
If you'd like to read his Christmas Card, please check out this link: Merry Christmas from Dwight "Sonny" Abbott T-88033. You can write Sonny at: Salinas Valley State Prison Dwight Abbott, #T-88033 Facility A 1-109L PO Box 1050 Soledad, CA 93960-1050
I agree; however, the State of California must not think so, because while CYA does not have as many minors committed there as they used to, they sure didn't divert the money they were spending for those minors to the agencies that are still dealing with them. All of his wisdom also fails to mention how we deal with minors who continue to commit significant criminal acts because they know the State of California will not sent them to CYA unless they basically kill someone.
As a result of a freak situation, he ended up in a place called "Juvenile hall" or some such term: his aunt, who was supposed to be caring for Dwight and his siblings while his parents were away, was drunk and unresponsive when neighbors came over to check on things. Knowing who he is now and the crimes he's committed throughout his life (he only details his experiences from 9-17 in this book, but mentions that he killed people as an adult), you might think Dwight came from an abusive family or that he ran away and lived on the streets, etc. His story may not be every prisoner's story, but it probably happens more than any of us who have not been incarcerated would think or want to believe. This book is extremely graphic and disturbing in its descriptions of the kinds of abuse perpetrated behind closed doors in the prison system (also funded by state and federal tax dollars), there's no doubt. Most probably will find it more disturbing based on the age of those who Dwight is describing, especially in how they are abused by the adults who are supposed to be helping them to recover from their so-called devious ways to returned to society as rehabilitated. I haven't believed in the prison system as helping anyone for quite some time, but this book has given me a lot of incite into specifically what happened to an individual.
He was just a little boy then, who according to his brother had never come in contact with other races until he was hauled off to juvie despite being born and raised in Los Angeles, and when your introduction to people of another color is a punch in the mouth, you are understandably wary. I have heard many parents threaten their misbehaving children with juvenile hall,my own included, but after reading this book I am convinced such a thing is the worst that could ever be done to a child. Over half a century since little Sonny Boy first walked into his first as a scared and lonely child, nothing has changed and American children of all colors and creeds continue to languish and suffer in hidden away lock-ups that most developed nations would not deem fit for a dog let alone a human being.
Some parts of this story I just couldn't read the in detail event of sexual abuse - so I skipped a few pages it made me physically ill to know ppl in charge could treat any child or anyone for that matter ,it saddens me to my core that this happened to Dwight and so many other children , horrific things done by the very ppl that's suppose to protect & care for them - so wrong on so many levels !!
Reality is stark, it is written and it is in your face but it is what we have come to anticipate. You cannot read this book and not be touched.
This is the chilling chronicle of his life behind barsa story of brutality and survival; a dark journey showing how the systematic abuse of incarcerated children creates a cycle of criminal behavior that usually ends with prison or death. CHRISTIAN PARENTI, author of Lockdown America, The Soft Cage and The Freedom Sadly, Dwights experience echoes the stories of the thousands of young people still warehoused and dehumanized in California, but also serves powerful testament to the need for a 180 degree shift in how we deal with young people in trouble.