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NCJ Number: 166071 Find in a Library
Title: Ex-Biker Rehabilitated on Death Row (From Young Blood: Juvenile Justice and the Death Penalty, P 201-207, 1995, Shirley Dicks, ed. - See NCJ-166057)
Author(s): G Laney
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Prometheus Books
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
Sale Source: Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
United States of America
Type: Biography
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A death row inmate tells his story and urges youth to consider the choices they are making and to recognize that the choices they make will affect both them and their families.
Abstract: The author has spent the past 13 years on Tennessee's death row. He shot and killed a man who had bought but not paid for 10 pounds of marijuana from the author's motorcycle club. The man shot the author four times. When the author was near death God he says appeared in a vision and made him realize that he had lived his life in the wrong way. His cell is now like a dungeon. After he became suicidal he decided to look back over his life and discover how he had come to his current situation. He had a learning disability and was unable to read and write. The teacher made him wear a dunce cap and stand with his nose pressed against a circle on the blackboard. He started associating with bikers, using drugs, and selling drugs. He was expelled from school, arrested, and jailed. He has seen beatings, stabbings, and killings both inside and outside prison. He recognizes that youth are under many pressures and that their friends may try to pressure them into doing stupid things such as taking drugs and alcohol. However, a good education is crucial to success. Youth should stay in school, obtain a good education, and make something of themselves.
Main Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult)
Index Term(s): Death row inmates; Drug Related Crime; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Tennessee; Violence causes
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