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Description: "Here are our fellow human beingsyoung Americans who have already, alas, lived hard and mean lives, yet who aspire to know more about themselves and others, and who well deserve the careful, respectful, thoughtful attention shown them by a talented, resourceful photographer and writer. By bringing them up close to us, Steve Liss helps us know our country better and the various destinies it offers for those who will one day be its working, voting, citizens." Robert Coles, James Agee Professor of Social Ethics, Harvard University "A heartbreaking and harrowing examination of a subject that has been largely veiled in secrecy. Steve Liss's photographs give us an intimate glimpse into the pain and confusion of these troubled children and offer disturbing insights into America's juvenile justice system." Jim Kelly, Managing Editor, Time magazine "The photographs in Steve Liss's No Place for Children are startling for their humanity and for their revelations. They'll make you sit up in anger, in despair, and in hope. In thinking about what to do with our children who go astray, this is the place to begin." Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America "These powerful photographs in No Place for Children illuminate what may well be the darkest and least explainable corner of our societythe tragedy of our juvenile justice system. Children who desperately need an education are assigned a prison cell instead, at far greater cost to the federal, state and local treasures. The neglect they endure behind bars only compounds the likelihood they will commit crimes after their release. Steve Liss has performed an extraordinary service for the nation, if we have enough sense to learn from it." Senator Edward M. Kennedy "We rarely see locked-up children because the laws established to protect their privacy have also kept them shut away from view. Fortunately, photographer Steve Liss gained unprecedented access to this hidden world and brings us face to face with some of the young people we are locking away by the multitudes104,413 in public and private facilities on any given day in 2001. His powerful photographs present a moving testimony to the humanity of some of America's most deeply troubled and misunderstood youth. And the poignant first-person interviews with children, parents, and probation officers shatter the myths that these children are ruthless predators and that incarceration works." from the foreword by Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund Juvenile crime rates have dropped dramatically since the early 1990s, yet more young people are in juvenile detention today than at any other time in America's history. Most are nonviolent offenders. Many have mental health or substance abuse problems. All have been failed by some combination of their families, schools, churches, and communities. But instead of addressing these young people's needs for treatment, rehabilitation, and basic nurturing, we lock them away in an overburdened juvenile justice system that can do little more than warehouse troubled children. This courageous work of photojournalism goes inside the system to offer an intimate, often disturbing view of children's experiences in juvenile detention. Steve Liss photographed and interviewed young detainees, their parents, and detention and probation officers in Laredo, Texas. His striking photographs reveal that these are vulnerable childrensometimes as young as tencoping with a detention environment that most adults would find harsh. In the accompanying text, he brings