Eve is a nobody - just a dirty, mentally challenged homeless woman who stands on a street corner in her rags and "prophesies." But she knows exactly what she possesses - what most of those who pity her don't have. Eve refuses to take advantage of social programs - and for good reason. She refuses to submit to the medical procedure and the progress monitoring, preferring instead to keep what she has. Eve has an important lesson to teach Andrew Thurston, Director of the Social Equity and Rehabilitation Department, who is determined to help her. It's a lesson he learns the hard way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay Wohlert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009694/bk_acx0_009694_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Charity Mupanga, the resilient and maternal proprietor of Harrods International Bar (and Nightspot) faces her toughest challenge in Dizzy Worms, the final novel in Michael Holman’s acclaimed trilogy set in the African slum of Kireba. Faced with a Health and Safety closure, Charity has a week to appeal and the chances of success seem negligible: Elections are imminent, and Kireba is due to become a showcase of President Josiah Nduka's "slum rehabilitation program", backed by gullible foreign donors. But before taking on Nduka and the council, she has a promise to keep - to provide a supply of her famous sweet doughballs to a small army of street children, as voracious as they are malodorous.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerome Pride. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001845/bk_boli_001845_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the tradition of The Other Wes Moore and Just Mercy, a searing memoir and clarion call to save our at-risk youth by a young black man who himself was a lost cause - until he landed in a rehabilitation program that saved his life and gave him purpose. Born into abject poverty in Haiti, young Jim St. Germain moved to Brooklyn's Crown Heights, into an overcrowded apartment with his family. He quickly adapted to street life and began stealing, dealing drugs, and growing increasingly indifferent to despair and violence. By the time he was arrested for dealing crack cocaine, he had been handcuffed more than a dozen times. At the age of 15, the walls of the system were closing around him. But instead of prison, St. Germain was placed in "Boys Town", a nonsecure detention facility designed for rehabilitation. Surrounded by mentors and positive male authority who enforced a system based on structure and privileges rather than intimidation and punishment, St. Germain slowly found his way, eventually getting his GED and graduating from college. Then he made the bravest decision of his life: to live, as an adult, in the projects where he had lost himself, and to work to reform the way the criminal justice system treats at-risk youth. A Stone of Hope is more than an incredible coming-of-age story; told with a degree of candor that requires the deepest courage, it is also a rallying cry. No one is who they are going to be - or capable of being - at 16. St. Germain is living proof of this. He contends that we must work to build a world in which we do not give up on a swath of the next generation. Passionate, eloquent, and timely, A Stone of Hope is an inspiring challenge for every American and is certain to spark debate nationwide. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Butler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006143/bk_harp_006143_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Casey Odland was brought up into a life of privilege - a privilege he threw away often. Criminal activity started at an early age with the first arrest at age 12 in 1970. In 1974 he was arrested 19 times and beat all the charges in court. He was a ward of the court from 1970 till 1975, when at age 17, he became an emancipated minor, getting his first taste of pure capitalism and ending up homeless for nine months. A robbery conviction landed him in prison in 1978. Upon release in 1980 he vowed to never return to criminal activity and was never arrested again. Within three years of being released he started a business from scratch in direct relation to a vocational trade he'd taken in prison, thanks to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The business became very successful. Along the way he encountered every obstacle in usual fashion (head-on and without a clue), always learning on the back-end the proper way to tackle a problem. This book is written in the vernacular of prison language, street life, and the everyday person. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Casey Odland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/041943/bk_acx0_041943_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two Stories: Supernatural and Psychological Mysteries comprises (obviously) two stories that have elements of the psychological/supernatural mystery/thriller with an admixture of horror. "A Helping Hand"... When you're a fast-failing organic farmer in New Hampshire, with a known termagant for a wife, an event like this - digging up a human hand in your potato patch - can be devastating to your small profits when the news gets out, especially since that ancient hand has peculiar "qualities." This discovery sets off a chain of inexorable events that lead Leonard Johnson to rash action resulting in a terrible kind of justice. A balance must be restored and a lesson learned."Eve's Refusal"... Eve is a nobody - just a dirty, mentally challenged homeless woman who stands on a street corner in her rags and "prophesies." Eve refuses to take advantage of the social programs. She refuses to submit to the medical procedure and the progress monitoring, preferring instead to keep what she has. Eve has an important lesson to teach Andrew Thurston, Director of the Social Equity and Rehabilitation Department, who is determined to help her. And it's a lesson he learns the hard way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay Wohlert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010741/bk_acx0_010741_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One woman's remarkable odyssey from tragedy to prison to recovery - and recognition as a leading figure in the national justice reform movement. Susan Burton's world changed in an instant when her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Susan self-medicated, becoming addicted first to cocaine then to crack. As a resident of South Los Angeles, a Black community under siege in the War on Drugs, it was but a matter of time before Susan was arrested. She cycled in and out of prison for over 15 years; never was she offered therapy or treatment for addiction. On her own, she eventually found a private drug rehabilitation facility. Once clean, Susan dedicated her life to supporting women facing similar struggles. Her organization, A New Way of Life, operates five safe homes in Los Angeles that supply a lifeline to hundreds of formerly incarcerated women and their children - setting them on the track to education and employment rather than returning to prison. Becoming Ms. Burton not only humanizes the deleterious impact of mass incarceration, it also points the way to the kind of structural and policy changes that will offer formerly incarcerated people the possibility of lives of meaning and dignity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janina Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030715/bk_adbl_030715_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What is it like for a convicted murderer who has spent decades behind bars to suddenly find himself released into a world he barely recognizes? What is it like to start over from nothing? To answer these questions Sabine Heinlein followed the everyday lives and emotional struggles of Angel Ramos and his friends Bruce and Adam - three men convicted of some of society's most heinous crimes - as they return to the free world. Heinlein spent more than two years at the Castle, a prominent halfway house in West Harlem, shadowing her protagonists as they painstakingly learn how to master their freedom. Having lived most of their lives behind bars, the men struggle to cross the street, choose a dish at a restaurant, and withdraw money from an ATM. Her empathetic first-person narrative gives a visceral sense of the men's inner lives and of the institutions they encounter on their odyssey to redemption. Heinlein follows the men as they navigate the subway, visit the barber shop, venture on stage, celebrate Halloween, and loop through the maze of New York's reentry programs. She asks what constitutes successful rehabilitation and how one faces the guilt and shame of having taken someone's life. With more than 700,000 people being released from prisons each year to a society largely unprepared - and unwilling - to receive them, this book provides an incomparable perspective on a pressing public policy issue. It offers a poignant view into a rarely seen social setting and into the hearts and minds of three unforgettable individuals who struggle with some of life's harshest challenges. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019272/bk_adbl_019272_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In today’s hectic world, many whodunit fans don’t have time to get their mystery fix diving into a whole novel. Lauren Carr’s Spring Thaw is for these fans - but that doesn’t mean whodunit fans who do have time can’t dive in as well.Spring Thaw features retired federal agent Chris Matheson from Lauren Carr’s newest best-selling cold case series. When his late father’s former friend is indicted for the seven-year old murder of a church bishop, Chris renews old broken friendships to thaw out the cold case.Featuring Mac Faraday from Lauren Carr’s popular Mac Faraday Mysteries, an estate auction turns into a deadly affair after Gnarly's antics cause Mac to purchase a gem of a dress, which isn't his color in "Killing Bid"."Beauty to Die For" features the Lovers in Crime characters Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates in a race against the angel of death to clear the name of a dying woman's son, who was framed for murdering Miss Pennsylvania."Countdown to Murder" returns to the Lovers in Crime where Cameron and Joshua try to solve the murder of a young pregnant widow before it happens.Mystery fans will discover that every dog has his day, especially if that dog is Gnarly. In Lucky Dog, Gnarly helps Mac Faraday to solve the murder of a wealthy society girl.Dog-loving mystery fans will get a special treat when they listen to "The Gnarly Rehabilitation Program". In this Gnarly mystery short, Bert and Ernie learn the hard way that crime does not pay when they dognap Gnarly.Gnarly, the rambunctious German shepherd, is also featured in Lauren Carr’s Christmas short, "A Gnarly Christmas". It is Christmas day, and Gnarly has been up to his old tricks again. Now he's in the doghouse - or rather the boathouse - after stealing the Christmas feast! Moments after Archie and Mac leave Spencer Manor, Gnarly hears a call for help from Rocky the Maltese down the street. Four assassins for hire h 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Alger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/130716/bk_acx0_130716_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book is based on my experiences of working with street children for years in Nairobi. Street children are ostracized from the main stream society and they are invisible to the society. They are children who come from troubled and dysfunctional families. They are associated with crime and therefore not entertained at all by the society. They scavenge for food and as a result they have been labelled "Chokora" Chokora in Kenya is a derogatory Swahili term synonymous with scavenging. It is treatment like this that plunges street children into deep abysmal stigma that impedes the process of rehabilitation. The research that bore this book vividly brings to light the dynamics of stigma and what can be done to curb it. Educators, planners and social practitioner working for and with street children can find this handbook handy.