Over time, increased emphasis relative to the notions of equality and dignity has gradually evolved to
expand in scope while concurrently incorporating a broader base of peoples.   All around, and upon,  
countless children mature to become fulfilled adults.
Sadly, there still exists countless children "left behind"...way behind.  For these
children, an existence beyond 'immediate' may be rarely experienced or even
sensed. With little autonomy, the individual then melds into a group whose
parameters are defined by people immersed in similar circumstances.   
In the absence of personal sovereignty, arbitrary
boundaries are created and enforced through violent
actions so frequent and pervasive they are not given
When the options for a young person are characterized as either bad or worse, the good kid
bad. Often the bad--and always the worst--involves the commission of a crime....a
crime that may be the manifestation of a
sub-conscious instinct to 'self-preserve'.

In the absence of patterns in precedent, there will be little exposure to the opportunities
enjoyed by 'greater society'.  It is a trap made worse by the sense of guilt often affiliated with
the perception of betraying one's own people

Could it be the commission of a crime functions as the only known tactic to escape the
dangers and uncertainty of the current environment? In the phrase "20 years to life" the very
word "life" suggests the possibility of a future.
It would be a wonderful world, were it one in which the child emerges to a chosen destiny,
shaped by the influence of factors nurturing, supportive, and equaling distributed.
This is an environment bordered by peril and burdened by the confused reactions
to a threat- both real and perceived.  The actions serving the base-instinct of
survival then become understood as the manifestation of courage
proportionate regard.  As a foreboding and perpetual threat melds into
an accepted community reality, individuality is lost to affiliations formed
as a pragmatic response to fulfill only the most basic of human needs.


national tragedy national shame

When the options for a young person are characterized as either bad or worse, the good kid chooses bad