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Wasted: The Plight of America's Unwanted Children

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This is a book about how a system designed to help children is instead helping to destroy them. For almost thirty years Patrick Murphy has represented abused and neglected children in court cases at every level of the state and federal judiciary, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has labored in the trenches of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In Wasted, M ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published February 28th 2000 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published July 1st 1997)
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Andrew Vachss
Nov 15, 2009 Andrew Vachss rated it it was amazing
The hard truth, from a frontline veteran of the war to protect children. Must reading for anyone who seeks the reality, not the rhetoric, of the "childcare" system in America.
Dec 15, 2008 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murphy is a Cook County family court judge whose courtroom I've sat in a couple of times. Both times I felt like he tried to bigfoot me. The first time he knew I was writing a story which was going to be embarrassing to him, and he asked me to say hello to one of my senior colleagues. The second time he questioned me from the bench in front of both sides in a case I was covering, albeit in a friendly way.

Anyway, I asked the colleague about Murphy after that second encounter and the colleague len
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