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Victor Rios grew up in the ghetto of Oakland, California, in the 1980s and '90s. A former gang member and juvenile delinquent, Rios managed to escape the bleak outcome of many of his friends and earned a PhD at Berkeley and returned to his hometown to study how inner-city young Latino and African American boys develop their sense of self in the midst of crime and intense policing. Punished examines the difficult lives of these young men, who now face punitive policies in their schools, communities, and a world where they are constantly policed and stigmatized.
Rios followed a group of 40 delinquent black and Latino boys for three years. These boys found themselves in a vicious cycle, caught in a spiral of punishment and incarceration as they were harassed, profiled, watched, and disciplined at young ages, even before they had committed any crimes, eventually leading many of them to fulfill the destiny expected of them. But beyond a fatalistic account of these marginalized young men, Rios finds that the very system that criminalizes them and limits their opportunities sparks resistance and a raised consciousness that motivates some to transform their lives and become productive citizens.
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By Luis Hernandez on 11-23-17

Book is very bias

The book obviously focuses on the trouble youth of Blacks and Hispanics in Oakland California. But it fails to actually get the full story. The Author only takes the story of the youths he makes his study on. It fails to actually go to the Oakland Police Department and get their side of the story and by not doing this, it the reader (me), feel like the book is very bias. I don’t know if I would recommend this book to anyone, but I will say I won’t be returning to this book after I’m done with this book report.

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