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"In a clear-eyed indictment of the juvenile justice system run amok, award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein shows that there is no right way to lock up a child. The very act of isolation denies delinquent children the thing that is most essential to their growth and rehabilitation: positive relationships with caring adults. Bernstein introduces us to youth across the nation who have suffered violence and psychological torture at the hands of the state. She presents these youths all as fully realized people, not victims. As they describe in their own voices their fight to maintain their humanity and protect their individuality in environments that would deny both, these young people offer a hopeful alternative to the doomed effort to reform a system that should only be dismantled"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-365).
Formatted Contents Note
The time is at hand Teenage wasteland. Inside juvenile prison ; Birth of an abomination : the juvenile prison in the nineteenth century ; Other people's children ; The rise of the super-predator and the decline of the rehabilitative ideal ; The fist and the boot : physical abuse in juvenile prisons ; An open secret : sexual abuse behind bars ; The Hole : solitary confinement of juveniles ; "Hurt people hurt people" : trauma and incarceration ; The things they carry : juvenile reentry Burning down the house. A new wave of reform ; A better mousetrap : the therapeutic prison ; Only connect : rehabilitation happens in the context of relationship ; Connection in action : transforming juvenile justice ; The real recidivism problem : one hundred years of reform and relapse at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys ; Against reform : beyond the juvenile prison.