The 5 men arrested for the attack spent between 6 and 12 years in prison for a crime they did not commit. This event could have influenced Harper Lee because in the book it is a white lawyer defending a black man for rape charges and the same kind of thing happened in real life with the central park five. The five men who were tried in court sued the city of New York in 2003 for malicious prosecution, racial discrimination, and emotional distress. The case was settled in 2014 for $41 million. Later in 2014 the 5 men are trying to get another $52 million from the state of New York.
That’s just one example of the type of cases the SPLC take. Another example would be when a teenage boy was beaten by five members of the IKA. The IKA is similar to the KKK, and they set off looking for a black person the attack. The SPLC took the case, and the leader of the IKA was found guilty. He was order to pay the teenage boy 2.5 million dollars following the attack.
Albert Yu was raised in San Fierro, his mother was a nurse and his father was a crack addict. Albert Yu was a student when his father got taken to jail for drug trafficking. He saw how pathetic his father was when he was taken away and didn 't want to be like him, so he studied hard and graduated from high school. He saw an opportunity to further his studies in Los Santos with his mother and took the chance. Life was rough for their first year.
Betrayal can leads to Change In the novel “Flight”, Sherman Alexie goes through the life of Zits, a boy who had lost his mom when he was 6 years old by cancer and knows that his father was indian and left when he was born. Having lost both parents, had made his life a total mess. He runs away from his foster homes, gets drunk, steals and gets caught by Dave, the police officer who almost always catches him. Dave knows almost everything about zits and has given him many chances to put his life together. He meets Justice, who is a 17 year old boy who teaches zits how to be violent and messes everything up.
I want to thank the support system that encourages me to keep writing, proofreads my draft manuscripts, and supports my book signings. Because Carl Reiner wrote the forward for the first book, I did not get to acknowledge all those who helped me with the publishing of Adolf Meistermann: The Devil’s Legacy. Sheryl Haag and Carolyn Hallin proofread the pre-print manuscript and gave me valuable feedback. For both books, Judy Roberts and Hilda Roberts, neighbors and friends, corrected grammar and typos and gave constructive suggestions. Rose Ann Perry edited with a sharp eye for punctuation and sentence structure.
In 2004, 19-year-old Ryan Ferguson spent his days locked in a Missouri jail doing curls with a five-gallon coffee jug until he couldn’t feel his arms. The scrawny, basketball-obsessed teenager had been charged in the murder of Columbia Tribune sports columnist Ken Heitholt, based almost entirely on the testimony of Ferguson’s former friend who had dreamed that the pair were somehow involved. Ferguson was convicted despite no physical evidence against him and sentenced to forty years in maximum-security prison. For almost a decade he and his family fought for his innocence, until 2013 when his conviction was finally vacated. Ferguson’s true-life nightmare is chronicled in the documentary dream/killer, which screened last month at the Tribeca
The Outsiders is a fantastic novel by S.E Hinton that was published in 1967. This novel tells the story of a 14 year old boy named Ponyboy Curtis, who lives with his two older brothers Sodapop and Darry because their parents died in a car crash years back. The Curtis family are a part of the Greasers, a gang of young adults who don’t have very much money and get into lots of trouble. The Greasers have an ongoing rivalry with the Socs, the rich kids who spend their free time beating up greasers. One night, a fight with one of his brothers drives Ponyboy to run away with his best friend Johnny.
The story starts off with Jim Hawkins at his father’s inn, Admiral Benbow, helping to care for its guests including a pirate named Billy Bones. Billy Bones gave Jim Hawkins a silver fourpenny every month for looking for a seafaring man with one leg. One day 2 pirates Pew (a blind man) and Black Dog come and try to steal something from Billy. Billy Bones later dies from drinking to much rum. Billy Bones owed the inn lots of money, so Jim and his mom go and try to get money from Billy Bones’s chest.
A 12-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister were sentenced to 40 years in an adult high-security prison, for convicting a murder. To someone who doesn’t look at the age of these kids 18 years does not even seem long enough for murdering someone, but when you think about a child who just started middle school and is going to be in a jail with older criminals who have been committing crimes there whole life they are put in a traumatizing event that will have high consequences in the future. Like many children, these kids have problems with themselves or in their life that they couldn’t get help. While committing the crime the kids probably didn’t even realize what they were doing or what the consequences could be. These kids like are other kids who are put into high-security prison have no chance of fixing their life once they get out and are 45 times more likely to become super predators and commit worse crimes in the future.