Dwight E. Abbott

Dwight E. Abbott

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October 04, 1942



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Dwight "Sonny" Abbott was born within a secure Middle-Class family and was misplaced in the thick of California's abusive penal system.

At the age of nine, a family tragedy split up Dwight Abbott’s family, and forced him into the hands of the California Youth Authority. This is the chilling chronicle of his life behind bars—a 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.

In its first sterialization, I Cried, You Didn’t Listen won a Project Censored award for stories that are significant, yet under-reported in the mainstream media. This second edition contains an introduction by Books Not Bars, new pieces by...more

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I Cried, You Didn't Listen:...
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 1991 — 5 editions
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CONSEQUENCE: The Aftermath
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“Prison is a society cultivating psychological repression. Deceptive, the subservient appearance of its camouflage a rage boiling just beneath the surface.”
Dwight E. Abbott, CONSEQUENCE: The Aftermath

“Had I forgotten how to cry? Was that possible? In order to survive, I had long since buried my emotions.”
Dwight E. Abbott, I Cried, You Didn't Listen: A Survivor's Expose of the California Youth Authority

“Things have changed: now all one must do to keep society's members from caring its prisoners are abused is to question the content of their character.”
Dwight E. Abbott, CONSEQUENCE: The Aftermath

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