Jackroller - Alicia Deal CJ 563 The Jack Roller Life's"Circumstances Like a gale of wind On a storm-swept sea Gathering its victims Into its paw

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Alicia Deal CJ 563 The Jack Roller
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1-21-04 Life's “Circumstances” Like a gale of wind On a storm-swept sea Gathering its victims Into its paw Swiftly the undercurrent takes its hold and surrounds its victim Down more and more. Some men are rich Others are poor But fate takes a hand In guiding our lives. It weaves its web In a noiseless way; Be it night or day It holds full sway. It follows us through the years and years And never tops its ceaseless work We are nothing but straws In this strife-swept world And the man with the gold Is the man with the hold (81). The Jack-Roller is primarily an account of the life of a young boy, Stanley, who engages in delinquent, unlawful behavior. The author began to communicate with Stanley when he was sixteen years old and the contact had extended until the boy was twenty-two years old. In writing his “own story”, the boy provided the researcher with a multitude of information in order for the researcher to study his behavior and background and also to provide a “program of social treatment”. However, the book also contains other “own stories” from other delinquent boys, yet are much shorter in length. The original research study included the detailed life histories of over two hundred young boys detained in the St. Charles School for Boys. These are used to further illustrate the power of using the “life record” as a valuable tool in the study of delinquency. The life-record can be used to distinguish the factors of juvenile delinquent behavior and also to aid in treatment of delinquents in order to introduce them back into society as mature individuals. The boys' narratives are used to examine the cultural and social relationships that influenced their delinquent behavior.
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However it is crucial to also include the family history, medical, psychiatric and psychological findings, description of peer relationships, the record of offenses, arrests and commitments, and other materials that further imply who the delinquent is along with the life-history. This information can also be used to dispute any falsifying information that the delinquent may provide. The life story is a method in which one can look deeper into the lives of delinquents and how they formulate relationships with others and their subsequent role in these relationships and also to gain insight into the personality of the person and their perception of life in general. Stanley was only six years old when he ran away from home to escape the clutches of an unloving, selfish stepmother, who incessantly beat and belittled him and preferred her own children to her stepchildren. That was the start of his long juvenile criminal career. His father considered his children to being just “’kids’ who had to be provided for” (48). He never showered his children with love nor kindness. His mother had died when he was four years old, and thereafter his father married his
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This note was uploaded on 06/30/2011 for the course CJ 563 taught by Professor Teske during the Spring '04 term at Sam Houston State University.

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Jackroller - Alicia Deal CJ 563 The Jack Roller Life's"Circumstances Like a gale of wind On a storm-swept sea Gathering its victims Into its paw

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