They Had No Voice: My Fight for Alabama's Forgotten Children

They Had No Voice: My Fight for Alabama's Forgotten Children

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by Denny Abbott, Douglas Kalajian
     
 

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Denny Abbott first encountered the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children at Mt. Meigs as a twenty-one-year-old probation officer for the Montgomery County Family Court. He would became so concerned about conditions for black juvenile offenders there -- including hard labor, beatings, and rape -- that he took the State of Alabama to court to win reforms. With… See more details below

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Denny Abbott first encountered the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children at Mt. Meigs as a twenty-one-year-old probation officer for the Montgomery County Family Court. He would became so concerned about conditions for black juvenile offenders there -- including hard labor, beatings, and rape -- that he took the State of Alabama to court to win reforms. With the help of the U.S. Justice Department, Abbott won a resounding victory that brought change, although three years later he had to sue the state again. In They Had No Voice, Abbott details these battles and how his actions cost him his job and made him a pariah in his hometown, but resulted in better lives for Alabama’s children. Abbott also tells of his later career as the first national director of the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center, where he helped focus attention on missing and exploited children and became widely recognized as an expert on children’s issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016179452
Publisher:
NewSouth, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/06/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
1 MB

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