Los Angeles, Ca. (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
When John Barrett Hawkins was incarcerated at R.J. Donovan State Prison in San Diego, he participated in a youth intervention program called CROP. CROP was founded on the belief that the most effective way to deter juvenile delinquency is through story-telling. CROP was a public speaking forum, where prison inmates gave personal testimonies concerning drug use, gangs, bullying, crime, self-esteem, and life in prison – before large groups of teens – who were brought into the prison by parents, teachers, and juvenile justice personnel.
As a member of CROP at Donovan, Hawkins studied the other convicts personal testimonies in hope of becoming a more effective public speaker. Through this study, Hawkins discovered essential information for deterring kids from joining gangs that he wanted to share with the general public. These discoveries inspired him to write a book titled The Dirty Nasty Truth: 18 True Crime Stories to Stop Juvenile Delinquency.
"There are more than 1 million youth gang members in the United States," says Hawkins. "Unfortunately, youth gangs are one of those problems that get swept under the rug. The thing nobody ever thinks about is that the youth gang problem is turning innocent children into thugs and criminals."
One of Hawkins goals in writing The Dirty Nasty Truth was to provide essential information about youth gangs that parents, juvenile justice personnel and school teachers can use to keep kids safe.
What factors draw kids to gangs?
What to expect when you join a gang:
Att. Media: contact the author for interviews or review copies. Visit http://www.JohnBarrettHawkins.com/presskit for cover art, author photos, excerpts, book summary, chapter by chapter preview, mock book review, news pegs, articles written by Hawkins and more.