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Rikers High by Paul Volponi
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Jan 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010-2011-school-year
Read from December 20, 2010 to January 04, 2011

Martin Stokes, 17 and an inmate at Rikers Island jail. He is actually there for a bogus charge...unable to afford a lawyer. Martin is only known as inmate #40. He is only trying to survive until his next court date with hopes of being able to join his family at home - 3 trips to the court have failed. On one trip home from the court, he is caught up in a fight between other inmates and is cut on the face. Martin must attend school on Rikers Island - some teachers are good and genuinely care, but others are just "marking time". Martin witnesses so much during his stay at Rikers Island...bullies, officers beating inmates, teachers standing up for the inmate's rights, teachers ignoring situations and death among the inmates. Reading this story actually allows you to see what actually happens in a prison situation. Paul Volponi, the author, actually taught for six years at Rikers Island - which adds credibility to this story.

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