Why Sealing Prison Records Is So Critical–January 24, 2022–LAP by Rosemary Jenkins.
Happy reading! Thank you shopping Meredith Etc books.
Enjoy Lily Darling by Malesha Smith, a novella about Lily Mitchell, a middle school student who transforms her negative thoughts into positive thoughts and exemplified leadership greatness.
Enjoy Starkishia: Estrella by Starkishia, a memoir about a teen who migrates from a small town in Georgia to Texas. By age 15, Starkishia advances from homelessness to the bride of a Mexican adult male. Her husband is deported to Mexico. She makes a life changing decision.
Enjoy Juvenile Offenders: From Big Wheels to the Big House, a collection of writings by Rosemary Jenkins and juvenile offenders in the California prison system. Readers walk away with a new outlook on criminology and the Industrial Prison System.
Enjoy Mother Wit by Irma Mae Rodgers Walker, a self-help book full of a mother’s wisdom. Irma became a mother at age 15. Her meager job gave her access to a trailer park. But, she kept dreaming and climbing. She became the ‘go-to’ person in her family for council. The author desires others to avoid the hard knocks she experienced as a teen mother and for the family unit to develop meaningful bonds.
Enjoy Married to Sin by Darlene Collier with Meredith Coleman McGee, a memoir about treks of Collier’s life. Collier’s great grandfather Mose Dantzler was the largest black land owner in Jasper County, Mississippi. How Collier, who was not a juvenile delinquent, went from the promised land to Oakley Training School is another story. Collier was teen bride. She married into a family cursed by generational sin.
Enjoy Nashida: Visits the Smith Robertson Museum by Meredith Coleman McGee, a children’s series book about Nashida’s visit to the Smith Robertson Museum. Smith Robertson was the City of Jackson’s first black lawmaker from 1879-1899. Robertson was a former slave from Fayette, Alabama. He raised the funds to form the school’s first public school for blacks. The famous black writer Richard Wright graduated in the 8th grade from Smith Robertson School. His writing career was launched at a black owned newspaper on Farish Street one block from school in 1925.
Two (2) Fiction book gift set
- Southern Phoenix by Rosemary Jenkins
- Death By Association Vol. 1 Retaliation Vol. 2 Deception by Anthony Ellis
The world is cold and dark…Who cares?!” That’s what’s on the book cover of Juvenile Offenders: From Big Wheels to the Big House (2018) by Rosemary Jenkins.
The page-turner is a learning journey of what it’s like to survive unthinkable victimization, learn to be accountable and then, in the process, generating personal hopes and dreams.
Juvenile Offenders is an anthology from about two dozen writers, all living in that cold, dark place called prison. That being said, it’s hard not to care after taking in their stories — each from a person directly affected by the criminal justice system. Readers get the opportunity to peek into the writers’ lives through candid commentaries that depict what it’s like to live behind bars.
Articles from San Quentin News are included in the anthology, some that I’ve written. Writer Mark Edwards Vigil is one of the strongest voices in the anthology. He navigates readers chapter by chapter, aptly called Juvenile Offenders, described as “…the collective journey through time of those whose articles are included in it.
Each writer has run the gamut of the prison system and has come to realize that there is more to life than wasting what remains of it — lost in the grips of drugs, gangs, and criminality.”
Writer Ronald Patterson describes the grip of criminality and coming to realize it as follows: my friends and I were fascinated with players, hustlers, gamblers, dealers, and gangsters because they played by their own rules, despite the law. Ignorantly, we admired and emulated them and would eventually turn into monsters who killed people and destroyed our community.
Patterson’s ability to articulate the impact that his crimes have had on others allows readers to witness maturity under the most unlikely circumstances; Patterson illustrates the resilience of the human spirit.
Juvenile Offenders is far more than the realization of mistakes and redemption thereof. It is divided into sections that address criminal justice reform advocacy, among the examples: it touches on the benefit of offering aid to college bound incarcerated students; it looks into the “ban the box” campaign (an effort to end employers from asking formerly incarcerated people about prison convictions prior to hiring); as well as the connection between mental health and incarceration.
Here’s what Rosemary Jenkins writes about domestic violence: These victims are subject to constant threats, in part, because the offenders have the power to take advantage of their positions in the family hierarchy.” Her goal in Juvenile Offenders is to “define, inform, and educate about domestic violence, offering instruction on how to recognize such cruel behavior and what to do about it.”
Jenkins’ article in the anthology, The Mentally Ill Do Not Belong in Jail, is also solution based. She writes that people with mental health and drug abuse issues should be treated with appropriate counseling, not punishment.The chapter, “Vignettes, Poems, and Artwork by Inmates — Writings Meant to Inspire” is the most entertaining section of Juvenile Offenders.
It begins with nine pages of artwork that depicts the emotional toll incarceration takes on human beings. From Big Wheels to the Big House is a drawing by A. Wilson that’s used as the book cover. The first image is of a mother holding a child and is placed next to Vigil’s piece, Thinking of You, a greeting card style drawing of flowers and roses—followed by pages of poetry and illustrations that cover subjects such as redemption, cause and effect, aging while incarcerated, and hope.
Juvenile Offenders closes with Vigil writing about getting out of prison after 36 years and working toward preventing anyone from going down the road he once traveled. He now teaches youngsters how to recognize and seek authenticity and care from the people around them.
Review of “Juvenile Offenders: From Big Wheels to the Big House” edited by Rosemary Jenkins https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999322656 order link
http://www.jacksonadvocateonline.com/today-paper/?pIds=27958 Article Title: Behind Prison Walls, by Ronald Patterson, Contributing Writer, Juvenile Offenders: From Big Wheels to the Big House
Juvenile Offenders: From Big Wheels to the Big House is popping into the hands of readers more and more. Great job! Congratulations to Rosemary Jenkins and the juvenile offenders who contributed their stories to this important work.