"A sympathetic, revealing portrait of young people caught up in the juvenile justice system, and a searing indictment of the society that has failed to nurture them....When Ayers allows the youths to speak for themselves, they emerge as vulnerable and likeable, despite their often heinous crimes. Their teachers too are, for the most part, caring, talented professionals who believe in their students' potential to turn their lives around. But the likelihood that few will do so is deeply unsettling. Likely to challenge many of our preconceptions, this is a graceful and passionate vision of the criminal justice system."Ayers, William is the author of 'Kind and Just Parent The Children of Juvenile Court', published 1998 under ISBN 9780807044032 and ISBN 0807044032.