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The Little Boy Who Lost His Dream

by Michael Webb

Back in the early 1970’s I watched my favorite TV show Emergency. As a child I dreamed of becoming a fireman just like the firemen on Emergency. Every time the bell would ring and the big red shining engine fifty-one would leave the station on a run, I would imitate it with my firetruck. Also, I pictured myself going to rescue a stranded person or putting out a fire.

As I grew older the innocence I once had as a child became lost. That was when my neighborhood became heavenly infested with drug dealers and violent gang members. Living in the neighborhood became an everyday struggle just to survive. The drug dealers began to fight one another over who’s going to control the drugs. Then the rival gang members started to do drive-by shootings and innocent people got shot or murdered.

Living in the inner city I felt like I was in the middle of two nations who were at war with one another. Sadly, I watched the helicopters flying over the crime scene while the ambulances and the police arrived late as always. Then saw a mother who just lost a child to gang violence scream a scream that no other mother should have to scream. Furthermore, the gang violence and drug dealing got so bad that I would see dead bodies lying in the middle of the streets, in vacate apartments, and in the alleys as well as seeing women being physically, sexually, and emotionally abuse by the one they love. I started to wonder if I was really safe in my own neighborhood and do the police even care.

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Turning It Around

by Brandon

It is never too late to turn your life around. Through your whole life many opportunities will approach you to change your life around for the better but it will be up to you to want to change your life. No one can make you do anything but it is up to you to realize what’s best for yourself.

Personally, my plan is to graduate high school and then go to college for as long as it takes to become a nurse in the medical eld. Stanley Tookie Williams, a man who was incarcerated for several years on death row and faced numerous counts of racism from inmates and guards, strived to want to better his life, but also the lives of others. He made several youths want to do better, he was told

many times he would be nothing, but chose not to listen.
Every aspect of your struggle is to make you want to do better. You have to realize what you want to be in life because gang banging, smoking and robbing will only last so long before your life is thrown away in a trap called prison. It is never too late to want to do better but it is better to start early because days will feel like seconds.

Incarcerated Youth ‘Must Accept Our Mistakes’ / The Beat Within / The Crime Report

Greetings all!

Today, The Crime Report, based in New York City, picked up, posted and is featuring the thoughtful commentary from workshop participant, Daniel.  It is a pleasure to see  Daniel’s hard-work featured today on The Crime Report website. We have been working closely with him this summer in creating this amazing piece, Incarcerated Youth “Must Accept Our Mistakes.’ Daniel participates in The Beat Within from the Solano County Juvenile Hall in Fairfield, CA.

Incarcerated Youth ‘Must Accept Our Mistakes’


If you missed last month’s post, ‘Prison Swallows Your Deams,’ here’s
the link…

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