Karina Lopez's Story
Thoughts from Andrew

Crime Chapter X

We no longer blame parents for producing autistic or schizophrenic children, but we continue to hold families responsible for having children who commit crimes. Early trauma can contribute to criminal behavior, but the tendency toward criminality is also a bewildering illness.

Criminals themselves often wish that they could subdue their destructive impulses. Yet some kinds of criminality entail intimacy, and the community of crime becomes a pseudofamily for many gang members.

Jails draw on the popular belief that the more we punish people, the safer the country becomes. This is the same as the assumption that the more you whip…

"This is the absolute worst thing you could have possibly done. I couldn't have imagined anything this bad, and I can't imagine anything worse. But…

In California's juvenile facilities, "Youths in solitary confinement are often fed what officials call 'blender meals,' in which a bologna sandwich,…

"Thank you so much for being open and honest with us. Nothing has changed as a result of you telling us that you are gay and have a partner. You…

"The government should put more money into rehabilitating criminals so that they have a chance to turn their lives around. Most of us want to, if…

In 2008, there were 774,000 gang members in the United States, almost half of them juveniles, belonging to 28,000 gangs.

"One thing he's proud of in the gang is that he tells other people what to do. He's always on that cell phone barking out orders in Spanish. I said…

Criminality is an identity, and like any other form of organized brutality—football, war, arbitrage—it can beget great intimacy. There is…

Spending time with criminals, I have been struck by the fact that some have poor impulse control and some are weak or stupid or destructive, but many…

"I think the other parents believed they had experienced loss, and I had not, because their children were of value, and mine was not. My child died…

When I asked the Klebolds what they would want to ask Dylan if he were in the room with us, Tom said, "I'd ask him what the hell he was thinking…

"When it first happened, I used to wish that I had never had children, that I had never married. If Tom and I hadn't crossed paths at Ohio State,…

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