Summary Of Last Chance In Texas

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In Last Chance in Texas, The author researches the treatment of juveniles that are in the Capital punishment program at the Giddings State School. Giddings is a facility in Texas that is ran aggressively and has one of the most successful, treatment programs in America for young offenders (Hubner, 2008). The juveniles in this program have committed violent crimes and were sentenced to this school for rehabilitation and the ability to reintegration back into society. Throughout the book, Hubner studied three sets of nine students of Giddings for nine months. Hubner discovered that the treatment programs worked by making the juveniles understand their past and how their actions affected other people was the key to a successful rehabilitation …show more content…

They also challenged the offenders to take a step back into their past and visualize their crimes before and after they were committed, as well as who they all impacted while committing those crimes. Different techniques were used help the students remember their past crimes that most of the students were trying to forget, but this was a part of the treatment program. By forcing the students to recall specific details of their lives, also the pain they suffered .While allowing them to address these experiences which led to them to committing the violent crimes, helped them learn from their mistakes. In most instances the offenders their self were victims of violence before they actually became violent offenders themselves (Hubner, …show more content…

Hubner did a great job in supporting his thesis. When he talked about all the different treatment programs offered and Giddings State School. Such as behavior problem start young and the parent should fix it. When adults see their children misbehaving at an early age, which these signs are sometimes just acting out; whether it was in school are at home. One program that has not really worked for young juveniles is “Beyond Scared Straight”. The “Beyond Scared Straight” is a juvenile prevention program in New Jersey that is broadcasted on the A&E cable television channel. This program brings kids from age 11-18 in jail and prison, to show them that this is not the type of lifestyle they want. “Beyond Scared Straight” shows everything from how prisoners get their lunch to how they all share a shower with more than 40 other men. The kids personally get sat down with prisoners who have decided to change their life. They do this to try to help the kids decide that the streets are not the way you want to make a living and how their families feel by their poor conduct. This does not completely work because the juveniles know they are not there to stay and will be leaving soon but the effective programs are the ones they offer at Giddings throughout the two phases where the young offenders talk about their family history and the past crimes they have

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