About the Book
Read An Excerpt From The Book
By all accounts, Nathan Frank starts out as a terrific kid with the brightest of futures ahead of him. With the advent of adolescence, however, Nathan's world and his relationships begin to unravel. Eventually, he becomes his own generator of conflict as he steadily enters a world of drugs, defiance and ultimately a criminal street gang. Finally, he runs off the rails at full throttle, coming to a hard stop at seventeen years old when he is arrested for his participation in a botched robbery. What follows that arrest is a tale of survival, self-realization and redemption.
Destructive Justice is a single boy's story, but it is one that millions share, millions who went wrong when they were kids and were swept into a disproportionately destructive system that ignored the obvious fact of their youth so that they could be tried and punished as if they were adult career criminals beyond all hope for rehabilitation. Unless good people rally together, far more kids will suffer the same fate unnecessarily and perhaps never be given the chance to grow out of their worst behavior. Destructive Justice seeks to shine a bright light on that destructive practice within our justice system so that the necessary rehabilitation of our system can occur and take hold.
We changed many names, dates and places in Destructive Justice for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are the privacy and safety of those who have become part of our story. The changes we have made, however, should not lead people to treat the book and its message as a work of fiction. There is nothing fictional about Destructive Justice.
The author's story is a powerful one. Society tends to blame parents when children are troubled. Believing that parent did something wrong is easier than admitting these things could happen to any of us, to any of our children. By sharing their story, the author and his son are shining a bright light on our broken (in)justice system.
This book gives you the inside story of what Nathan Frank and his family have gone through and at the same time educates you on the laws that brought this story about. You will not want to put it down! When I read about how these kids are sentenced with no parole.