No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court

Edward Humes, Author Simon & Schuster $24 (400p) ISBN 978-0-684-81194-9
After being granted access by court order to a system that is usually closed to the public, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Humes (Buried Secrets) spent 1994 surveying the largely futile attempts of Los Angeles to deal with its juvenile crime. He concentrates here on a few who have not let themselves be overwhelmed by the deluge of defendants-80,000 cases are pending at any given time: Judge Roosevelt Dorn, who is also a clergyman; Deputy DA Peggy Beckstrand, who finally leaves the system to work on adult cases; Probation Officer Sharon Stegall, who tries to cope with the insurmountable burden of supervising 200 juveniles; Shery Gold, a public defender who also wants to move to adult courts. Humes follows closely the cases of seven young people who were caught up in the system, three of whom have been saved by it--maybe. First serial to Glamour and L.A. Magazine. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
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