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Born, Not Raised: Voices from Juvenile Hall

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In the final volume of her trilogy on interlinked social issues, Susan Madden Lankford explores the troubled psyches of young people incarcerated in Juvenile Hall. The perspectives of psychiatrists, neuroscientists, and experts in the field of juvenile justice— combined with striking contributions elicited from the youths themselves—underscore the social and neurobiologica ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Humane Exposures Publishing, LLC (first published March 1st 2012)
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Mar 09, 2012 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book and the two others of the trilogy, Maggots in my Sweet Potatoes and DownTown U.S.A, should be required reading for anyone who knows people, judges people, cares about, pities or disdains people, those people being the marginalized of our society.

In this newest book, Susan and daughter Polly tackle the prickly problem of teens who are living in Juvenile Hall, essentially prison for children. Ms. Lankford's photography is astounding. Her writing is beautiful. But most importantly, she le
I'm gonna need about a hundred more copies of this book. As a person who is currently transitioning from being a Chemical Dependency Social Worker to being a Children's Mental Health Social Worker, I found it incredibly timely and useful for me to receive this book at this time. The insight into the contributing factors and developmental arrests that lead to juvenile incarceration and dependency on the system was remarkable. The sadness the reader feels as discovering the thoughts and dreams, ho ...more
[This is an excerpt from my Blogger review on Andi's Book Reviews.]

Susan Madden Lankford earned herself access to the inside of these facilities, to bring about more awareness. Her black and white photography emphasizes the loneliness and the pain of being inside them. To make it even more emotional, she includes reactions and handwritten notes from the some of the incarcerated kids. Your heartstrings are tugged as you realize how confusing it is for them and how they struggle to find the right
The this book provides matter-of-fact observations of what we do with the most disadvantaged of our youth, those who are thrown into the juvenile systems. It's not pretty or hopeful. This book is so valuable and so needed that I gave it 5 stars. The writing and structure, maybe 4.

I expected the book would be mostly stories of the locked-up kids. It has plenty of that, but it also includes a lot on psycho-social development. The author goes over the effects of abuse and neglect on children, star
This book should be required reading for anyone who works with children. Teachers, social workers, guidance counselors, doctors and nurses, foster parents, church workers, and anyone who cares about children will benefit from reading this book. This is not a fun read, but it is very educational and will leave you wanting to help children in some way, shape, or form. These kids, whose drawings and writings are shown throughout the book, are all crying out for love, guidance, and acceptance. Ms. L ...more
This is an excellent book about the juvenile justice system and the psychological effects of poverty and abuse upon children therein. As a teacher of many students who face similar issues, I found this book an enlightening, thoughtful introduction to an often overlooked aspect of our social services.
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Susan Lankford grew up in the Midwest and holds a BS degree from the University of Nebraska. She attended Ansel Adams' prestigious workshops, studied under such photographic masters as Richard Misrach and Ruth Bernhard, and spent many years as a successful wildlife photographer and portraitist. The parents of three adult daughters, Susan and Rob Lankford live in San Diego.
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