My understanding of Coming into Language “Coming into Language” is a book by Jimmy Santiago Baca, that talks about the struggles he had to face as a young illiterate Hispanic male. As a “Chicano”, he had to deal with prejudice from an early life and as a result, had frequent run-ins with the police. At the age of seventeen he was arrested as a murder suspect because he refused to explain how he got a gash on his arm. While he is in prison, awaiting trial, he listens to other prisoners reading out loud and that is when he starts appreciating written language. Two years later, he is again behind the bars facing drug charges and a million-dollar bail.
The Milwaukee Cannibal was sentenced to 15 terms in prison for the murder of 17 men and boys in 1992, which adds up to approximately 957 years in jail. Dahmer was “...charged with four counts of first-degree intentional homicide…” after a victim escaped, and reported Dahmer to the police. The Milwaukee police found a tub full of acid, human remains, and gruesome photographs of Dahmer’s murders. After years of molesting, drugging, cannibalism, and performing necrophilia, Dahmer was killed in jail by another inmate in 1994 (Maranzani). Not all serial killers are men; Myra Hindley is an example of a female serial killer, also known as "The Moors Murderer" and "The Most Evil Woman in Britain" (The Most Famous Female Serial Killers).
Therefore, not trying juveniles as adults will or possibly can lead them to committing other minor or major crimes. Two juveniles who have been tried as an adult would be Nathaniel Brazill who killed his teacher at the age of 13. Brazill got his GED and his law & paralegal certifications in jail. Similarly, Greg Ousley who killed his parents at the age of 14 is serving 60 years behind bars. According to Anderson, he is a model inmate, he is trustworthy behaving himself in prison and getting his education behind bars; got his bachelor's degree in liberal arts.
His transition from childhood to adolescence was marked by numerous violations and several sentences in correctional facilities for juvenile delinquents. In March 1951, the court decided to send Charlie to educational school for boys in Washington. The following year, just a few days before his release, Manson raped another young boy while holding the razor blade at his throat. As a result, he served a prison term in the penal colony, where he stayed until May 1954. Although
We have your honor we find the defendant guilty of First Degree Murder. Mr. Montresor I hope you had a wonderful life because as of now you will be spending life in jail without parole. There is no one else but to blame expect you. All rise for the honorary Judge Briskey. “ Judge Briskey leaves the room.” Mr. Montresor would go to live the next ten years in Verona Maximum Security Prison before dying of aids he got from a blood transfusion after an inmate cut his arm with a shank.
14. Tomlin, Charles • Date of Conviction: 1979 • Date of Exoneration: 1994 • Summary of the Case: On the night of 12/7/1978, Daniel Stewart, a 25-year-old drug dealer was fatally shot and robbed of nine pounds of marijuana worth $5,000 in an alley in Bakersfield, California. Stewart’s girlfriend, Leticia Mendez, 24, was sitting next to Stewart when he was shot in the face. Mendez told Bakersfield police that the gunman was a stocky black man, about 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a mustache and a medium Afro hairdo. At first she said the gunman was a hitchhiker.
In 2012, the case of Miller v. Alabama was presented in front of the Supreme Court detailing the crimes that took place in 2003 by Evan Miller. In July 2003, Miller, who was only fourteen years old at the time, with companion Colby Smith killed neighbor Cole Cannon by beating him with his own baseball bat and burning down the trailer Mr. Cannon lived in, while he was still inside. In 2004, Miller was to be tried as an adult for his crimes for capital murder. In 2006, he was found guilty and charges with aggravated murder and sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment without any parole. Miller proceeded to file a motion for a new trial and felt that sentencing someone his age to life without parole was constituted as cruel and unusual punishment
About 20,000 innocent people in the U.S. are in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, according to the Huffington Post. This fact is relates to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, where readers follow the main character, Scout, as she endeavors to understand her cryptic, Southern-Alabaman community. More specifically, the notorious trial of Tom Robinson, a local black man who has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Although Judge Taylor specifically appointed Atticus to represent Tom, the trial was unfair because the jury ignored the concrete evidence presented by the defense. The witnesses in the trial presented convoluted versions of what happened the night of November twenty-first, the night that Tom
Donness Johnson was held captive for the joint between his two fingers. Homeless since the age of seven, Johnson state 's “ ...Prison was like the home I never received… three meals a day..a bed...shower...personal gym… [man] prison was luxury...the only reason I looked forward to going back on those streets where because of that one thing that got me here in the first place..” Three years and twenty-five weeks later since his release, Donness found himself back in luxury with an account of statutory rape of a thirteen year old girl. Donness Johnson is one of the many Americans who find themselves guilty of a higher degree crime then their first. A prisoner is put in a cell only to sit in his own thoughts of his past. A rehabilitated man has
In January 2015, two college graduates from Stanford University passed by and spotted a younger classmate raping a half-naked, unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Brock Turner was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, as he was looking at fourteen years of jail time. Although, just recently his sentenced was lower to only three months in jail and probation. “The judge feared that a
The article I read was called “Weekends in Jail for Rape? Why people get sentenced to ‘weekend jail’ by Corey Johnson” This article starts off with Molly Shattuck who raped a 15-year old boy in Georgetown, Delaware. The former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader walked out of the courtroom last week even after raping a 15-year old. She was only sentenced to “48 alterning weekends at the SussexVilation of Probation Center.” A lot of people within the community became very upset over this. “weekend jail” is usually given to people with DUI’s, major speeding, theft, even not paying child support.
Then he landed a gig as a judge on “America’s Best Dance Crew” the mother of the 15 yr. old came forward demanding money for he silence, and when the demands weren’t met she moved forward again but this time she filed a police report. On August 16, 2011, Shane pleaded no contest to a single felony count of having unlawful sex with a minor under 16. He was sentenced to 270 days in the county jail and five years for probation, he also had to attend 52 sessions of sex-offender counseling. Under the plea with the state, sparks neither admitted nor disputes the single charge. All the charges were
At the time of his release, Horton had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his role in the brutal robbery and murder of a 17-year-old gas attendant. Instead of returning to prison by the mandatory deadline, Horton went on a violent crime spree and became a fugitive from the law. While on the run, he allegedly raped a woman multiple times, assaulted her fiancé, and robbed the couple. After being captured by police, a judge berated the Massachusetts judicial system for releasing such a violent prisoner and sentenced Horton to two life terms to be served consecutively plus an additional 85 years behind bars. In conjunction with his prison