Young People Deserve a Second Chance

In California, young people increasingly are being treated as adults by the justice system. I was one of them. When I was 14, my friends and I got into a fight with a man in […]

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Creative Nonfiction

A Profile of a Prisoner in Solitary

There have been significant prison reform efforts in recent years in California. Reforms have addressed issues around sentencing of non-violent crimes, the trying of juveniles and greater scrutiny on the use of solitary confinement. But […]

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Child Trauma

The Shadows of Nikki

By Christine D. Patterson Child abuse is a silent stigma for many children around the world. While composing the manuscript for The Shadows of Nikki, I, the author, went through numerous emotional states; I also felt […]