Youth Incarcerated as Adults wing at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. He made a completely independent choice to change his ways. I returned to the prison the next day and met with Greg alone. At about 11:30, he rose from the couch and made for the gun cabinet. His solution was to shoot himself in the foot. Finally Rick Russell, a family therapist living about an hour away from the prison, agreed to do it, and the mediation session was scheduled for mid-November 2010.
After scolding the eighth grader for using such language at school, Phillips detained Greg long enough to ask what was going on with him. During the drive back to Kosciusko County after that meeting, Phillips was quiet for a very long time. At the end of my meeting with Sevier, he asked how much more time Greg had to serve. December 3 Weekly Write: Where do your beliefs and opinions come from? November 29 Activity 14: Analyzing Stylistic Choices Refer to hand out or posted document Read and Annotate Read Greg Ousley is Sorry for Killing His Parents. What has the reaction been to your story? Later, as Greg sat strumming in the family room, Jobie came in and briefly listened to him play.
There are things I still ponder upon, even to this day. Teens deserve a second chance to change their life around. Edit: and if it's a mental issue, then they belong in an institution. Russell intervened and advised him to take his time, to let the conversation wander where it wanted to go. Stuck, but also handed a potential weapon.
Teens are not adults and do not deserve to be tried as adults. Those in the first group had the least prior history of delinquency and the lowest recidivism rate as I recall, just 1 of the 10 engaged in later criminality , while those in the last group — who killed strangers — had the highest. In the cases of offenders showing no sign of improvement or change they can always be transferred into adult prisons. In 2004, he graduated magna cum laude. I structured my essay well and had good evidence and quotes supporting my claims and statements.
Be prepared to retell one of them to the class. These examples are what made me not have sympathy for him. . Yet during this same period, Greg somehow managed to become a model inmate. One issue that is up for debate is whether or not to try teen criminals in adult courts and sentence them to adult prisons. He declined to do that as well.
Frankly, I find it troubling to live in a society that pays lip-service to the notion of rehabilitation of criminals, but will only fund retribution. Be as thoughtful and detailed as possible in trying to answer this question. When Bonnie refused to tell Jobie, as Greg demanded she do, the boy saw that he was stuck, that his father now might very well blame him for having withheld the information from him for so long. And yes, in that sense, I do believe that these kids should get rehabilitation along with their prison sentences, but I don't believe that rehabilitation is the answer to his problem. There are still things to this day that I don't know why I did them or think the thoughts that I did.
Having accepted a plea agreement of guilty but mentally ill, Greg appeared for his sentencing hearing in early January 1994. Yet even at a young age, he was aware of the profoundly circumscribed orbit in which his family moved. Did you try to speak to his two sisters for the article, or other family members — in particular, his aunt, who opposes his early release? How much of it was maybe just that they were tired? It suddenly opened up the possibility that, at 30, Greg might be released from prison years before his official eligibility date of March 2019. My own hunch is that this is partly an overreaction to the real and perceived failures of the juvenile court system. I found this interesting and possibly worth discussion. It was the very lack of gothic dysfunction in the Ousely household that really drew me to this story.
Who do you think is the intended audience for this piece? When you finish, exchange your copy with a partner. Advertisement This debate seems a long way off in Kosciusko County. Tony Phillips is a science teacher and coach at Whitko Middle School and an Air Force veteran. For the best in sports journalism, please check out For articles about the intersection of data and the real world, please go to We also have a Twitter feed of all the links. If teens can prove to become better people in juvenile facilities, they should be allowed to have another chance at life. He had plenty of time to think about not doing it and the repercussions of it.
Edit: And sympathy probably isn't the right word for what his family feels - or me either. True he was only 14, but he was congnizant enough to not only keep thinking about doing it, but convinced himself to do it because of peer pressure, planning it out and then carrying it out. I thought that killing myself would end all the pain, my parents wouldn't be ashamed of me and lots of other thoughts. Five or six minutes into the speech, though, it proved too much, and Greg fell apart and began to sob. With Jobie working as a press operator for R. Greg was also severely depressed. I dont think the intent was for people to feel sorry or pitty him.
It was a normal day at his junior high school, but when Greg came home, he fought with his parents and defiantly locked himself in his bedroom. How many of us, with the hindsight of an adult, looks at things that happened to us as children from that different, adult perspective? Perhaps hastening this ideation process, Greg and his friends had begun getting high, which for 12-year-olds in rural Indiana often meant turning to inhalants: gasoline, paint thinner, model glue. Soon the conversation settled into an easier rhythm, one in which the grim recollections were interspersed with happier reminiscences. Not sure why Ousley is in prison rather than a mental institution since he was deemed insane, but I could have missed that by reading too fast. It soon became a moot point, however.