No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention / Edition 1by Steve Liss
Pub. Date: 06/28/2005
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Juvenile crime rates have dropped dramatically since the early 1990s, yet more young people are in juvenile detention today than at any other time in America's history. Most are nonviolent offenders. Many have mental health or substance abuse problems. All have been failed by some combination of their families, schools, churches, and communities. But instead of
Juvenile crime rates have dropped dramatically since the early 1990s, yet more young people are in juvenile detention today than at any other time in America's history. Most are nonviolent offenders. Many have mental health or substance abuse problems. All have been failed by some combination of their families, schools, churches, and communities. But instead of addressing these young people's needs for treatment, rehabilitation, and basic nurturing, we lock them away in an overburdened juvenile justice system that can do little more than warehouse troubled children.
This courageous work of photojournalism goes inside the system to offer an intimate, often disturbing view of children's experiences in juvenile detention. Steve Liss photographed and interviewed young detainees, their parents, and detention and probation officers in Laredo, Texas. His striking photographs reveal that these are vulnerable children—sometimes as young as ten—coping with a detention environment that most adults would find harsh. In the accompanying text, he brings in the voices of the young people who describe their already fractured lives and fragile dreams, as well as the words of their parents and juvenile justice workers who express frustration at not having more resources with which to help these kids. As Marian Wright Edelman asks in the foreword, "What does it say about us that the only thing our nation will guarantee every child is a costly jail or detention cell, while refusing them a place in Head Start or after-school child care, summer jobs, and other needed supports?" In the best tradition of photojournalism, No Place for Children is a call to action on behalf of America's at-risk youth.
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Written well. I still have the book. I still cant believe like 9 year olds go to juvy (jail for kids). But some kids do horrible things, even they think a 9 year old cant commit a crime they can. It would scare me if I was sent to juvy as a kid, Id probably never do a bad thing ever again. Ive seen movies and heard things about jail so i dont think id ever do something bad. But this book is good. I love the pictures.
It's an amzing book. I learned alot. I read it in one day. The pictures tell the story. I think every child or teenager should read this book.
Time Magazine photojournalist Steve Liss takes readers into the rarely sceen world of juvenile detention with depth and sensitivity. His work is an outstanding example of the social documentary photography. Liss brings a keen understanding of the problem and has invested a lot of time and heart to create a memorable book in the tradition of the great photo essayist W. Eugene Smith. Steven L. Raymer Associate Professor of Journalism Indiana University-Bloomington
This book was amazing.I think everybody should read and learn from it.It shows how childeren act and how they are treated in prison and really why most of them dont belong there.More than half of them should be in hospitals,getting help.