Handcuffed by History
January 21st, 2017
Gordon Cruse’s new, self-published study of adolescent criminals in detention, Handcuffed by History (Granville Island 2017), tracks the life adventures of a number of former young offenders over nearly four decades since their early days at Canadian youth custody centres. They share their stories in their own words. Proceeds from the sales of Juvie and Handcuffed by History, provide bursaries to Camosun students in memory of Reena Virk and Kimberly Proctor.
“What is the long-term impact of being locked up in youth custody?” responded Ian Jessop of CFAX Radio. “Handcuffed by History examines the question with compassionate first-hand accounts from those who made it through to the other side and have created new lives, often hindered by the legacy of their unfortunate beginnings.”
After four decades working in the juvenile detention system in Victoria, directly helping young offenders at the Victoria Youth Custody Centre for 26 years, Gordon Cruse wrote Juvie: Inside Canada’s Youth Jails (Granville Island Publishing, 2006) it became required reading for students of Camosun College’s criminal justice program. Also a foster parent since 1973, Cruse was involved with Big Brothers and served as a probation sponsor for family court.
Retired in Victoria, Gordon Cruse also worked 14 years in the radio business, including a one-year-stint as a deejay and newsman for Radio Caroline, the first of the offshore British radio pirate ships. He also worked as a radio broadcaster in Saskatoon, Victoria and in England for the BBC.
Juvie: Inside Canada’s Youth Jails (Granville Island Publishing, 2006)
Handcuffed by History: Young Offenders After Juvie – 40 Years In Their
Words (Self published Copyright ©Gordon Cruse 2016 / Printed by Island Blue Printorium Bookworks)