- Flexibound: 192 pages
- Publisher: The Image of Justice; 1st edition (2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985510617
- ISBN-13: 978-0985510619
- Package Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Girls in Justice Flexibound – 2015
"Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" by Lori Gottlieb
"Wise, warm, smart, and funny. You must read this book." ―Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of "Quiet" Pre-order today
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With appallingly high rates of abuse in their histories, exploitation around every corner, and a very different set of needs once ‘inside,’ girls are brought into the juvenile justice system by a unique set of social forces and experience incarceration much differently than boys. Girls in Justice, the much-anticipated follow up to Juvenile in Justice, turns our focus specifically to girls in the system, and not a moment too soon. While the number of youth in the juvenile justice system has steadily declined, girls are a growing share of youth arrested, detained and committed. A rare, multidimensional look at these girls’ vulnerable lives, Girls in Justice speaks to the unique issues they face with both hard-hitting words and Richard Ross’ evocative images. Essays from some of the top girls’ criminology scholars and advocates in the U.S. give readers a picture of their work with young women in the system as well as cold, hard facts about the issue. As with Juvenile in Justice, the photographs are accompanied by girls’ first-person stories, as told to Ross in interviews from over 250 detention facilities across the U.S. Even for those who work with girls in the system daily, this book is sure to expand your understanding of the realities of these girls’ lives.
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Malcolm X famously said "The most disrespected woman in America, is the black woman. The most un-protected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America, is the black woman." Girls in Justice is acutely aware of the gendered and perhaps racialized nature of youth mass incarceration in America. As such, it's the first step many of us will take in better understanding, and eventually maybe collectively acting, to deconstruct our American juvenile "justice" system.
Girls in Justice furthers Ross's mission of bringing awareness to the state of our juvenile justice system—by focusing on the girls, and their unique challenges on the inside. I've purchased several copies for family members, hoping to act as a messenger for a topic often swept under the rug.
I HIGHLY recommend this book (and Juvenile in Justice if you can find a copy), but be aware that these images are POWERFUL.