No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention / Edition 1

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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

Robert Coles
Here are our fellow human beings—young Americans who have already, alas, lived hard and mean lives, yet who aspire to know more about themselves and others, and who well deserve the careful, respectful, thoughtful attention shown them by a talented, resourceful photographer and writer. By bringing them up close to us, Steve Liss helps us know our country better and the various destinies it offers for those who will one day be its working, voting, citizens.
Robert Coles, James Agee Professor of Social Ethics, Harvard University
Jim Kelly
A heartbreaking and harrowing examination of a subject that has been largely veiled in secrecy. Steve Liss's photographs give us an intimate glimpse into the pain and confusion of these troubled children and offer disturbing insights into America's juvenile justice system.
Jim Kelly, Managing Editor, Time magazine
Robert Coles
Here are our fellow human beings—young Americans who have already, alas, lived hard and mean lives, yet who aspire to know more about themselves and others, and who well deserve the careful, respectful, thoughtful attention shown them by a talented, resourceful photographer and writer. By bringing them up close to us, Steve Liss helps us know our country better and the various destinies it offers for those who will one day be its working, voting, citizens.
Jim Kelly
A heartbreaking and harrowing examination of a subject that has been largely veiled in secrecy. Steve Liss's photographs give us an intimate glimpse into the pain and confusion of these troubled children and offer disturbing insights into America's juvenile justice system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292701960
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Bill and Alice Wright Photography Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 151
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVE LISS is an award-winning photographer for Time magazine, where he has worked since 1976. Forty of his photographs have appeared on the cover of Time, and he has won numerous awards from the World Press Association and the National Press Photographers’ Association, including First Place: Magazine Picture Story in 1996 and First Place: Magazine Feature in 2003. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Soros Criminal Justice Journalism Fellowship for his work on No Place for Children.
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  • Posted December 5, 2008

    Jail for Kids

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    Recommended to children and teens

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    Superb Example of the Power of Documentary Photography

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    A WAKE UP CALL TO EVERY CHILD,TEEN,AND PARENT

    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.

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