Book Review for: No Matter How Loud I Shout, by Edward Humes Essay

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Book Review
Humes, E. (1996). No matter how loud I shout: A year in the life of juvenile court. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks.
Edward Humes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, non-fiction, and true crime writer. Of his twelve books, five involve the criminal justice system. In this work, Humes takes on the sizeable task of examining the complicated juvenile justice system, chronicling the stories of several juvenile offenders and juvenile justice officials, and how they navigate the confusing and often arbitrary laws of the California juvenile justice system. Humes delivers an informative, eye-opening, and often dispiriting account of what goes on in the halls of America’s juvenile courts and correctional
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The reader will find that in the midst of the system’s failures, there are a few programs that work, and a few kids that do turn around, both because of the system and despite it. The work includes many references, including studies, essays, even poems written by the juvenile offenders from his writing classes. There is a notes section which makes referencing the included figures easy, as well as an index which is helpful for looking up facts that may need revisiting.
The book flows well, despite the fact that Humes jumps from story to story. This style has the effect of keeping the reader interested, instead of getting bogged down in one area or story. Humes offers a unique point of view from inside the system, working as a writing teacher for some of the offenders, observing court proceedings, and speaking directly with many of the juvenile court personnel. The included writings from the offenders also offer a unique perspective into what they think of their crimes, the system, and their futures within it. This book will be of interest to anyone who works within or studies the juvenile justice system. Anyone who works with teens who may be troubled, or even troubled teens themselves could benefit from reading about the system and its effects on the youths within it. Victims of juvenile offenders may also gain some insight by reading Humes’ book and learning about some of the causes of juvenile delinquency, how juveniles are treated by the system, and the

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