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NCJ Number: 136391 Find in a Library
Title: Lifers: Learn the Truth at the Expense of Our Sorrow
Author(s): R Wormser
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 205
Sponsoring Agency:
New York, NY 10020
Publication Number: ISBN 0-671-72549-1
Sale Source: Simon and Schuster Building
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book, part of the Scared Straight Project, talks about the hopes, dreams, despair, and consequences of bad choices experienced by individuals sentenced to life imprisonment and their efforts to help young people.
Abstract: Of 1 million men and women in prison throughout the United States, 600,000 are in State institutions, 100,000 are in Federal penitentiaries, and 350,000 are in local jails. More than 100,000 juveniles are in custody; 52 percent are white, 34 percent are black, and 12 percent are Hispanic. In 1975, four lifers who were part of an organization known as the Lifers' Group at East Jersey State Prison received permission to start a program to help keep troubled teenagers out of jail. As part of the Juvenile Awareness Program, the lifers have spoken to 35,000 young people directly and reached millions more through film and other communication channels. The lifers speak in very frank terms about prison conditions and the importance of responsible choices. Many teenagers exposed to the program have become successful. Program critics, however, say that young people should not be exposed to offenders who have committed violent crimes. For the lifers, the program represents a high point in their prison existence. References and photographs
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Life sentences
Index Term(s): New Jersey; Prison conditions
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