by Susan Kuklin
In the United States, if juveniles are convicted of a really heinous crime, they can be tried as adults and even get life in prison. Until recently, juveniles could even be sentenced to death. This book tells the stories of several young men who were given the death sentence when they were still juveniles. They talk about the crimes they were accused of committing - many of them are trying for appeals - and life on the inside. They write poetry, draw self-portraits, and share the lessons they've learned from older and wiser convicts. Some of the stories in this book are from the families of victims of crime or the families of people who were already given the death penalty. This is a very realistic look at our nation's justice system and is told in the voices of young people like you.