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A Night In Jail

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Busted for smoking pot, suburbanite college-bound Danny is incredulous when forced to spend the night in jail. He's repulsed by his cellmate, a homeless and mentally ill drug addict who keeps him awake all night with his delusional rants. By morning, Canny's world is completely upended.
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A NIGHT IN JAIL: A story about drugs and mental illness, inspired by true events – H.A. Swan, K. Anderson

Posted on February 20, 2018 by J D Jung

Reviewed by JD Jung)



“One day, marijuana is going to be legalized and this 'punishment' will all be for nothing.”

Yes, getting pulled over while high was the first “Reality Rush”. The second one came when his parents refused to bail him out. Eighteen year- old Danny had plans to become a lawyer. Now, he’s sitting in jail with Captain, a delusional, drug-addicted, homeless man.

In his twenty-four hour stint in jail, we learn a lot about Danny‘s life as he reminisces in between Captain’s rants. Danny wondered what kind of family Captain came from; that is, how did he wind up homeless and so boring? Yes, Danny thinks he is “boring” because “Captain’s life is all about hustling money to get high.“

A Night in Jail is not a “scared-straight” story. At barely one hundred pages, it’s a riveting tale based on true events. Readers will be hooked at every page until the surprise ending.

Most importantly, it’s daring enough to bring up a topic that very few will discuss: the effects of marijuana use on those with a predisposition to mental illness. A family history of mental illness is often unknown and I personally know those who didn’t see links until tragedy struck.

For that reason I encourage adults to read this, no matter what their views are on legalizing drugs. Then I think that they will want their teen and pre-teenage kids to read it also. It will open up an engaging discussion for both adults and children.

And remember, it’s a captivating story also.

The Marijuana Report: Helping People Make Informed Decisions About Marijuana

The Marijuana Report is a weekly e-newsletter published by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).

 "Did my brother's teen pot use lead to his schizophrenia?”

This is a heart-breaking account of what families go through when a member becomes addicted and is unable to see that he or she needs help to enter recovery.

It appears on the website of Moms Strong, a group of mothers who have lost children to addiction or have struggled through its escalation to many drugs that almost always began with marijuana. The author of this account and her brother wrote a book, pictured above, about their experience. 

Read this account on the Moms Strong website here: