- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)12
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- 'Love, not hate': Area residents gather to sing, talk about racial issues after violence in Charlottesville (8/14/17)89
Five inmates in the Missouri prison system -- all convicted killers -- believe sharing their stories of bad choices and horrendous deeds may deter other youths from making the same mistake. They have compiled their stories into a book called "Lost Innocence."
In the book, the five convict/authors do not seek to explain away their horrible crimes. Nor do they expect to profit from book sales. The not-for-profit project was underwritten by the families of the convicts to produce a first printing of 200 copies the authors hope will find their way into school libraries.
Prison life is grim and brutal, the five writers agree. It is an existence they could have avoided by making different decisions regarding the abuse of drugs and alcohol at an early age.
Most TV shows and movies tend to make heroes of some inmates who are struggling with prison life. That's not the point of "Lost Innocence." If this book is going to accomplish the goal of its authors, it will need to be read widely, especially by high school-age youths.