Born, Not Raised: Voices from Juvenile Hall

The title of this post is the title of the final volume of Susan Madden Lankford’s trilogy on interlinked social issues.  Here is a description:

Susan Lankford’s latest book is Born, Not Raised: Voices from Juvenile Hall, which a recent review in Publishers Weekly calls “candid,” “chilling,” and “a compassionate call to action.” The third in a series on crucial social issues, it examines the troubled psyches of incarcerated young people and calls upon juvenile justice experts to help shed light on a complex problem. At the heart of Lankford’s word is the conviction that early education and youth development are the most effective strategies for breaking the cycle of at-risk behavior and helping our country’s youth thrive.

At the core of this book are contributions elicited from the youths themselves. Their scrawled or careful handwriting-and brutal or poignant drawings-speak as powerfully as their words. Additional perspectives from psychiatrists, neuroscientists, and experts in the field of juvenile justice underscore the social and neurobiological impacts of childhood trauma. Ultimately, the message of Born, Not Raised is hope — that unnurtured youth, with all their dreams and deficits, can be reparented and rewoven into the social fabric.

As we are living in an age when even books have trailers (!), here is the one for this compelling book:

I just received a copy; it’s beautifully published and will be an important addition to my library.  Please check it out.

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One Response to Born, Not Raised: Voices from Juvenile Hall

  1. Loki says:

    Thanks so much for sharing our work with your audience! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts once you have had an opportunity to sit down and read it! I’m the blogger for Humane Exposures so feel free to drop me a line if you have any further questions.

    Keep up the good work, both online and at US Chapel Hill! We need more people like you.