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Redemption of Criminal Youth

Last Chance In Texas

Title: Last Chance In Texas
By: John Hubner

The most violent criminal youth find hope in an unlikely place, "punish-'em-hard" Texas, The Giddings School, where all-day, one-on-one and group therapy sessions led by dedicated professionals teach the juvenile offenders to take responsibility for their crimes and to develop empathy and compassion for others. Instead of coming back into society angrier, dumber, and more violent, they return with extremely high chance of never hurting another soul on the face of the earth. They understand what abuse hardened them, what horrors they inflicted on others, and how to live a productive life. Our local author, Pulitzer-Prize-winning John Hubner observed the progress of several Gidding's students and described their hard road to redemption, some of whom refused treatment and asked to be sent back to do prison rather than face themselves and the world. Hubner's insight raises hard questions about the juvenile probation systems that fail, and shows why the Gidding's system leads youth to safety.

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Posted by calln on Nov. 11, 2009 at 9:57 a.m.
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April 6, 2011 at 3:21 p.m.:

This is one of the most astounding books I have read, and one that offers hope for our most difficult youthful offenders. Read it and then ask your legislators to institute this program.

June 30, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.:

An amazing read. Yes, as DT says, there may be hope.

June 27, 2013 at 4 p.m.:

HELLO.....I JUST WATCHED A MOVIE NAMED..DANCER TEXAS...IT WAS GREAT!NO COWBOY GUN FIGHTS NO DRUNKEN BAR ROOM OR TAVERN BRAWLS NO CRIME AT ALL.AMAZING!IS IT TRUE THAT FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W.BUSH OWNS A RANCH IN CRAWFORD TEXAS?

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