Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth.
By John Hubner. NY: Random House, 2005. Cloth on boards with a jacket. 277 pp. No illus. $25.95 ISBN 0-375-50809-0. http://www.randomhouse.com/
Hubner has been a Massachusetts and California writer on juvenile crime and justice. He heard of Giddings State School’s ( http://www.tyc.state.tx.us/programs/giddings/ ) surprising success with some youths. He spent months at the “school” observing capital and violent offenders. He draws their stories from their dialogue, records, and interviews. Gidding’s gets the worst, and this book genuinely mirrors much of their lives and predicaments.
Beyond the individual and societal tragedies, Hubner finds that sometimes Texas love and nurturing, along with discipline, saves some of those previously ill-destined kids. It reduces crime in your future too