“I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Kids in Adult Loockup” Receives Award and Recognition

Posted: May 5, 2011 in At-risk kids, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention Act
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I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine has won a 2010 PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. The award is given to works that focus “America’s attention on the complex problems of the criminal and juvenile justice systems and child welfare.”  The Council itself does important advocacy work and I appreciate their recognition.

  1. Janet says:

    David Chura’s book could have easily been titled; How Much Worse Can This Get? If the Reader has never been in a jail setting, this is an eye opener. If the Reader has had experience in such a setting, it packs a pretty painful resonance. This is such a difficult review for me to pen because I fall in the latter category.

    I hope Mr. Chura does not mind this advice to the reader, but save his introduction for the end–start instead at Chapter One–The Human Stain. Go into this memoir with no background, no statistics, no author biography–go with naivety–lacking knowledge, confidence and preconceptions of any kind. Just be yourself, seeing through the eyes of Teacher “Mr. C” as if in the first person. Let him be your experiential transport and emotions and conclusions all of your own making.

    Mr. Chura steps aside and leaves plenty of room for experiential learning-this is something that great teachers do. Your emotions will be tugged in all directions but this is part of the process.

    Perhaps at the end of this memoir, you the Reader, will ask , What can I do to contribute to positive change in my own community, home or school? If this book doesn’t move you in this direction, there is little else that will. If nothing else, I can promise it will take you on quite a ride..

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