Weeping in the Playtime of Others: America's Incarcerated Children

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Ohio State University Press, 2000 - Law - 264 pages
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From the summer of 1972 through 1975, Kenneth Wooden visited correctional facilities in thirty states where juveniles between the ages of five and sixteen were being held. During his research he uncovered an astoundingly high incidence of emotional and physical abuse, torture, and commercial exploitation of the children by their keepers, individuals who received public funds to care for them. After observing the brutal treatment of these youths, a significant number of whom were not criminals but runaways or mentally disabled, Wooden described the conditions in which these children lived in Weeping in the Playtime of Others.

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I know Kenneth Wooden personally and his family and I can attest that he and his daughters rake in millions of dollars off the hardships of children. Ken Wooden is a thief and a liar and will do anything he can to make money off of the hardships of orphans. Ken wooden cant be trusted and his book is bogus.
Ken Wooden knows all to well how to Lure children and he lures people into thinking that he is a real child advocate and he is not. The only thing Kenneth Wooden is intrested in is applying for another award. He is a criminal! Shame on Kenneth Wooden and his daughters for taking advantage of children.
After reading some of this guys book, it was clear to me that his intentions were to make himself famous at the cost of children.

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I was one of the children Ken Wooden tirelessly worked to protect when our own parents and government couldn't or wouldn't do so. Finding his book last year, 40 long years after my ordeal at the dreadful Wimberley Children's Center he so effectively exposed, was devastating and yet uplifting at the same time. It was stunning to learn what he and a handful of others accomplished and sacrificed to help us. You will weep because he shined the light of day on our tragic circumstances, he held the system accountable, and he has still never forgotten the desperate children he found locked away in the darkness. This book and related work helped to improve our juvenile justice system, but the work is not over. Ken's book only gives a glimpse into his powerful commitment to children that continues to this day. Thank you Ken, you will always be my hero. P 


Lawyer and the FBI v the State of Texas
The Bastard Stepchild of Parens Patriae The American Juvenile Incarceration Structure
Initiation into Criminal Life Status Offense Laws
No Name Maddox Case History of Charles Manson
Life Imprisonment for Delinquents Walls of Illiteracy and IQ Testing
Dumping Grounds for the Retarded Human Abuse and Experimentation
The Runaway The American Family Congress and Chicken Hawks
Time Dots of Failure The Illusion of Treatment
The New Solitary Confinement Thorazine to ElectroCell Implants
Beyond the Free World Suicide
Jobs Kickbacks MillionDollar Contracts and the Wells Fargo Line
Interstate Commerce of Children
The CHAMPUS Scandal Greed Merchants Pentagon Brass and Senate Hopefuls
Till Two Years Alter Eternity and Other Successful Programs
Political Strategies and a Sculpture for Change
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LegaIized Child Abuse Institutional Punishment
The Sexuality of Punishment The Juvenile Female Offender
The Old Solitary Confinement Steel Concrete and Obscenities

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