No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court
This is an extremely well-written book, in which Humes manages to show us the humans behind the label 'criminal'. He shows us the inside and the backdrop of their lives, how they rationalise, think, what they want and how they feel, and how they are (and have been) treated by caregivers, society and the system, and finally how the many chance factors that play into how their fate is decided in court. The books aim isnt to relieve the you...more
The book begins by explaining that pri...more
this book is a tad dated now, but i doubt things have vastly improved for the better. the juvenile justice system is a broken, tattered thing, doing very little to salvage juvenile offenders, gain justice for their victims, or strengthen families sideswiped by the system itself.
this book follows a tiny crop of juvenile offenders through a year in the courts and jails and camps and group homes and back on the streets. the autho...more
With the caveat that this book was written about Los Angeles in the height of gang crime, it showcases just how inefficient and unyielding the laws and rules of court can be when the offender's life hangs in the balance. It's also a look at how budget cuts intended to save money with "ge...more
This book is written about the year 1994 so...more
At the time of the writing, the system focuses most of its efforts on the worst offenders. Being so over-burdened, the system can't afford to do anything else. As a result, the early offenders get slaps on...more
That said, No Matter How Loud I Shout is very well-written, and it comes off like a series of stories rather than a simple piece of investigative journalism. Th...more
Working with a diverse population requires the social worker examine aspects that make up the population. To fully examine a population, a few of the aspects that should be researched are as follows; best practices for working with the population, cultural background, tradition, norms and values, history of oppression, types of support, family dynamics, spirituality, and body language. The stories that fill Humes book come and address each of these aspects at different points.
You can read the fu...more
The access he got to a very secretive process was impressive and the book takes a similar style to David Simon's "Homicide," which was published in the same era. There's plenty of Dickensian characters among the haughty judges, burned-out attorneys and...more
I do want to finish this book, but not right now.
In my perspective; I think this is a good book for any young aspiring Lawyer.
It helps you to think about actions and their consequences.
Also, I felt excited to see this happen in REAL life. (Not experiencing it myself, but witnessing it, ex. I saw a Drug Bust in NYC, Made me think!)
Anyway, great book!
I met the author, and I felt bad telling him the book discouraged me from pursuing work in the field. We only talked for a minute, but he kept asking me why.
Nonetheless, it's still a worthwhile, heartbreaking read.
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see all that I've seen,
and you'd be called a
beast, not a human being...
Fuck it, cause there's
not much I can do,
there's no way out, my
screams have no voice no
matter how loud I shout...
I could be called a
low life, but life ain't
as low as me. I'm
in juvenile hall headed
for the penitentiary.
George Trevino, sixteen, "Who Am I?”