Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison
When teenagers scuffle during a basketball game, they are typically benched. But when Will got into it on the court, he and his rival were sprayed in the face at close range by a chemical similar to Mace, denied a shower for twenty-four hours, and then locked in solitary confinement for a month.
One in three American children will be arrested by the time they are twenty-three, and many will spend time locked inside horrific detention centers that defy everything we know about how to rehabilitate young offenders. 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.
Burning Down the House is a clarion call to shut down our nation’s brutal and counterproductive juvenile prisons and bring our children home.
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Review: Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile PrisonUser Review - Cindy Garza - Goodreads
The house is not much burned down, which makes this book very hard to read. Based on interviews of the author, I'd expected this to be a much more positive story about successful reform, but there's ... Read full review
Review: Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile PrisonUser Review - Rachel Blom - Goodreads
Wow. Talk about a book that opens your eyes. I never knew how much suffering goes on in juvenile prisons, but after reading this book I know more than I may have wanted. It's a well researched ... Read full review
1 inside Juvenile Prison
2 Birth of An Abomination
3 Other Peoples Children
4 The Rise of the SuperPredator
5 The Fist and The Boot
6 An Open Secret
9 The Things They Carry
10 A New Wave of Reform
11 A Better Mousetrap
12 Only Connect
13 Connection In Action
14 The Real Recidivism Problem
15 Against Reform
7 The Hole
8 Hurt People Hurt People