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I Cried, You Didn't Listen: A Survivor's Expose of the California Youth Authority Paperback – July, 1991

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Dwight Edgar Abbott, in and out of prison since childhood, is serving multiple life sentences in Salinas Valley State Prison.

Jack Carter is an investigative journalist and makes his home in Cardiff, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House; First Edition edition (July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915088
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,572,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dwight Edgar Abbott's "I Cried, You Didn't Listen", touched me in a way no other peice of literature has before. Dwight's detailed and disturbing descriptions of the abuse he encountered in the care of those whom we're expected to trust is emotionally enlightening. It is, without a doubt, more impacting than Lorenzo Carcatera's "Sleepers".
There is no suspicion or skepticism in my mind regarding the authenticity of this particular book. I have no doubt that what Dwight speaks of, happened then, and happens now everywhere in the world. I have done a fair amount of research and study regarding the various disciplinary techniques used in correctional institutions. I've also researched some of the facilities that Dwight was contained at, and it is evident that abuse has occured in all these institutions, particularly El Paso de Robles School for Boys. There are several other documented abuses performed by inmates and the guards at other institutions throughout the world.
In the beginning, as I had just started reading the book, it made me slightly uncomfortable. Dwight's graphic descriptions of the abuse he ecountered during his childhood is not for the ill-minded. However, Dwight makes his purpose clear. That is, to educate and make people aware of the horrors in the youth detention system. This system has failed Dwight, and it continues to fail children in the United States. The system is molding a future for these children. They claim it to be "rehabilitating" society, when in all actuality, they are molding criminals, and exposing them to sickening abuse no one should ever have to encounter.
One aspect of this novel that I especially enjoyed, was Dwight's values of friendship, loyalty, and most importantly, trust.
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I recently interviewed Mr. Abbott after a years wait. I sat in his office where he struggles to build his business. Before me was an imposing man, intelligent and handsome. His smile and sense of humor caught me off guard. I expected something else from a man who had lived inside a eight by ten foot prison cell for nearly forty years of his fifty seven years upon this earth. He admits he has robbed raped and murdered. He shares with me his past life has been a nightmare he will never forget. I will not go into all we discussed but, I must wonder how such a man can forgive us for creating a juvenile penal system that molded him in preperation for the life he lived when we find it so very difficult to forgive him. His book leaves anyone who reads it with haunting thoughts. Yet, few who have read it has taken the time to seek change within the system we, society, entrust our troubled youth to. I Cried, You Didn't Listen is a haunting horror story of what really goes on behind the fences and walls where we place children who need help. We learn that instead of a "rehabilitation" process there is widespread abuse in all forms, long stays in solitary confinement, beatings and a condoned by staff pecking order amongst the children that is intimadating and destructive. Will we now move to change a system that destroys what we intended for these children? Or will we turn our backs and convince ourselves it is "the best we have?" I asked Mr. Abbott what he would do if he had it all to do over. His response was, "I would ask not to be born."I left Mr, Abbott convinced he would never again offend us, societies members, by returning to criminal acts but, I now realize there are many incarcerated children being prepared to follow in the footsteps of the man who shared his shame, and his pain, with us.
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This book came to me from a friend, I was stunned by the authors candor, his willingness to reveal what his experiences have been, and to tell what had happend to him as he was thrust into the 'system'. Not an offender, but for protection!! His choices spiraled him into a repetitive whirwind without a possibility of escape. How sad that adults abuse children to relieve their own frustrations and perversions. This book should be destributed to every high school in the country, so that these, so called, 'tough kids' can see their possible future in the makeing... by the choices they make. They do have them, this book will help them make the right ones. We were not put here, without a way out, that way out is to use our God given intelligence and a willingness to understand our nature..
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As an incest survivor, I read this story with a horror and recognition of the feelings being described. I cried in despair at the terror being inflicted on so many. I cheered the amazing strength and desire to live displayed by the author. I felt awed by his candor.
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I can't say much since the author tells it in great detail. I don't think I doubted any of the facts that are presented to the reader with a lot of emotion. It was by accident that I came upon the book at the Los Angeles City College Library. On the cover was a picture of this innocent boy looking at me with sad eyes. I opened the book and entered a world where misery is welcomed, where it is a matter of survival of the fittest but stripped of any chance. Being a man, I have cried over this book like a baby. Alas, I have not been able to do much since I don't know who to contact. This book should be reprinted, and, with good marketing, distributed all over the world. IT IS POSSIBLE.
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