When Toby was little, his mom blew her brains out with a nine-millimeter while he was sitting on her lap. Mike spent his childhood locked inside a chicken coop on a farm in Illinois, and his scars indicated severe abuse. Pablo was smuggled into the country from Mexico and dumped on the streets. Demetrius was kicked out of his house after he revealed to his family that he was gay. These boys had one thing in common: they were all neglected, abused, or both. Some endured unimaginable torment; a few suffered from mental illness and were dangerous to themselves and others. They were housed at Longwood because they graduated from juvie and had nowhere else to go. They were all experts at being institutionalized. With limited prospects for the future, many planned to commit a crime immediately after being discharged from Longwood and spend the rest of their lives in the safe confines of an adult prison. They would say that it beats being hungry and homeless.Longwood was a scene of rampant corruption, sexual abuse, and violence. It was also a place where people loved, laughed, took risks, and made sacrifices to help one another. In The Lost Boys from Longwood, J. C. Pater reveals what hides behind the walls of a facility for wards of the state with a juvenile record. Her book shows how children privacy laws, put into place to protect the children, are used to shield exploitation and profiteering. J. C. Pater urges that, if we are sincere about helping the most vulnerable members of our society, we must act now.
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More often than not Sadly the situations and experiences such as those expressed in this book, happen I believe more than anyone could Phaethon. There are very few institutions for those that have been a victim to parents, relatives even terror & horror of losing parents...great parents to a crime other situations beyond their control. Only to become a victim to those who are meant to protect & help. History in so many ways still repeat itself, the institutions became a place for more than the disabled, they put sexual deviants, criminals as well as ones with no faults except becoming a part of someone’s life who has tired of them, they were all combined, you can imagine the out comes. Even the buildings repeat the services. Once an Asylum, becomes a prison or a or a home for the elderly...which also hold their own horrors. Thank you for trying to open eyes to those things closed behind walls & doors.
If we all do what we can... ...we would be able to raise all of our children and eliminate the prison population in 18 years. OK, that’s not nearly practical but if we each find one way to help it would have a massive impact. And less expensive than the cost of juvenile services and maintaining the prison population. In this book we learn again of the atrocities taking place in ill-supervised programs. The author does a great job describing the issues involved from neglect and abuse, and the impact that good care can have on an at-risk child. God bless all of them, children and caregivers alike, with compassion.
Very 👍book I am very impressed with this book is one of the best books i have read. Stories are real i recommend this book. Very easy to read.
Very Informative Some areas of the book is slow reading but overall very good. Be sure to read complete book incl. Mike and Trixie.
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