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Manny: a criminal addicts story

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Amy Mitchell

on 17 April 2015

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Transcript of Manny: a criminal addicts story

Manny was just your average, middle class kid. He had two loving parents and a brother named Bobby. It was not until his dad died and everything he had, including his house, had been taken away. The lack of having two parents led Manny and Bobby to travel down the wrong path to drugs and a life full of lies, gambling, and gangs.
Overview of the book
Criminal Careers
What makes us bad?
Manny: A Criminal Addicts' Story

How your surrounds affect your worldview.
Being in the bad part of the Bronx is a bad place to grow up in.
Growing up, what you are exposed to
Manny's dad died when he was 11.

The way your family influences you.
Manny's uncle offered him different drugs and it caused him to go to rehab.
After rehab, Bobby offered Manny heroin.
People you surround yourself around
Manny was in a gang
When Manny was moving around, he stayed with friends that showed him how to steal things and explore drugs
Methods of book
• Case study
• Allowed Manny to tell us what he wanted us to know.
• Interview
• Question and Answer

Critique of the book
• Manny did not write this book himself, leading for some people to believe it is not completely his words.
• There is a potential of bias through out the book from Manny and Rettig because they are both ex-offenders.

Minor crime, especially that committed by young people.
In 2013, there was about 75 million juveniles in the United States.
One in four Americans have the potential of being labeled as juvenile delinquents.
Youth under the age of 15 made up 32 percent of all juvenile arrests.
Youth under the age of 15 were most likely to be arrested for arson, vandalism, or assault cases.
Youth between 15 and 17 made up 68 percent of all juvenile arrests.
Youth between the ages of 15 and 17 were most likely to be arrested for alcohol and drug violation cases.
Juvenile delinquency in the United States. (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juvenile_delinquency_in_the_United_States#Demographics

Discussion Question:
What do you expect the typical gang member to look like?

• Manny was apart of the Young Stars gang after his father died.
• 40% of gang members are under 18 years of age.
• They did not kill for racial purposes, but to protect their turf.
• “Racism wasn't ever the main issue. We just destroyed whoever got in our way.”
• Gangs help these kids find a sense of belonging that they are most likely not getting at home.
• They do not see what they do as a crime, but as what’s needed.
Which do you think is more beneficial to criminal addicts; Prison or Rehab, and why?

Discussion Question
a building in which people are legally held as a punishment for crimes they have committed or while awaiting trial.
a course of treatment for drug or alcohol dependence, typically at a residential facility.
Rehab decreased the rate of relapse back into prison by 16.7% while prison only decreased it by about 5%
57% of people receiving drug rehab were re-arrested within a 12-month period compared to a 75% rate for those who did not receive drug rehab.
42% of people receiving drug rehab were convicted of a crime compared to 65% of those who did ntt receive drug rehab.

Differences between rehab and Prison
The staff is there to help the patients get back on their feet, and rehabilitate them back into society
Work hard to keep drugs out of the facility
Rehab can lessen or eliminate the feelings of addiction

Benefits of rehab
Drugs still find a way into prison
Only makes criminals worse
Lionel Tate case
Police are not there to help them, but instead to discipline
Take bribe
Find any reason to throw them into the “hole”
Problems with Correctional Facilities
- crimes or other morally wrong acts : illegal or immoral behavior especially by young people
Spark of Manny’s delinquent acts:
Father’s passing – loss of attachment - Social Bond Theory
Zone of Transition- Manny and his family moved to a less privileged area.
Social Disorganization Theory- The neighborhood in which Manny lives in consists of people putting up a front and turning to crime as a lifestyle.
Spark of Manny’s Delinquency
Leader of the “Young Stars” gang
Exposure to drugs:
Freddie, a neighbor, introduces Manny and his brother to Marijuana.
Manny’s uncle introduces Manny to Heroin
Manny becomes a heroin addict, this addiction leads Manny to loose his job, and sparks repetitive delinquent acts.

Spark of Manny’s Delinquency (cont..)
Manny looses everything after becoming an addict, including a stable job.
Manny’s drug addiction pushes him to the limits. He turns to crime as a means of survival and a way to get his “fix”
Manny begins to gamble, but ends up wasting all his money on heroin. He then turns to robbery, theft, and reselling stolen items as a way to survive.
The Labeling Perspective- For years Manny’s dependency on crime as a means of survival works, making him more confident in his acts, since he is never caught. (Primary Deviance)
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