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Juvenile Justice

By | May 2013
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Anna Jensen
Juvenile justice
Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II
Final Paper

Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Have you ever been on trial for a murder you did not commit, and risked the rest of your life being spent in jail? Probaly not, but in the book “monster” this is the case for Steve Harmon, a poor African American in rundown harlem. Have you ever been on trial for a murder you didn’t commit, and risked the rest of your life being spent in jail? Probably not, but in the book "Monster" that is the case for Steve Harmon, a poor African-American in rundown Harlem in the book "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers, which is a fascinating piece of Young adult literature. The story is told from Steve’s perspective in a movie format. It does this as it seems to be like a movie in his mind that follows his life in jail and in the courtroom. The search for truth is the most important and overriding theme in this story. “Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life by this experience. I’ll call it what the lady prosecutor called me…Monster.3” This story is about sixteen year old Steve Harmon. He is on trial for murder. Steve is a young black boy from Harlem New York. He is thought to be involved with a robbery gone bad which led to the death of a drugstore owner Mr. Nesbitt. It is unsure if he was involved in the robbery or if he even helped the criminals in anyway. He is suspected as acting as a lookout for James King one of the other suspects in this case, but no hard evidence to prove this is true. This novel focuses on Steve’s time in prison and his experiences while in the court room throughout the trial. During Steve’s trial Mrs. Petorocelli, the prosecutor calls to the stand a 14 year-old boy named Osvaldo Cruz. Osvaldo tells them the plan for the robbery and who all had participated. He tells Petrocelli the Bobo, King, and Steve were involved. According to Cruz, the...

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