Skip to main content

KPBS Radio is undergoing scheduled upgrade work which may result in temporary signal outages.

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Tokyo Olympics

Born, Not Raised’ Explores The Links Between Development And Juvenile Crime

An image from San Diego photojournalist, Susan Madden Lankford's book,

Credit: Susan Lankford

Above: An image from San Diego photojournalist, Susan Madden Lankford's book, "Born, Not Raised: Voices From Juvenile Hall."

We're sorry. This audio clip is no longer available. A transcript has been made available.

Susan Madden Lankford, Voices From Juvenile Hall

Susan Madden Lankford, a San Diego photojournalist, talks about her new book, "Born, Not Raised: Voices From Juvenile Hall."

Kids who circle in and out of juvenile hall are mostly termed "at risk."

They are at risk of not finishing school, falling into a life of drug addiction or crime and winding up behind bars as adults. And more often than not, society seems not to know how to stop that sad progression.

In her new book, "Born, Not Raised: Voices From Juvenile Hall," photojournalist Susan Madden Lankford provides new insights into what's going on inside deeply troubled kids, and offers some surprising ideas about breaking the link between juvenile crime and adult criminality.

Lankford said she was not allowed to take cameras inside juvenile halls, so she "created photographs" and then asked children in the hall to write "what does this mean to you, how do you feel?"

She displays drawings children made in her book.

Lankford said some of the photos children drew made her feel "lost."

"One of the reasons why we wanted to do this book is we wanted people to see who these kids are, we want them to understand the trauma they have sustained in their lives," she said.

And because Lankford has spent time with some of the children's mothers, she said, "a lot of these kids are products of the women who were incarcerated in the local jail."

Later, while filming the documentary "It's More Expensive to Do Nothing," Lankford was allowed to bring in cameras, and shot the photo shown above of children exercising.


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Midday Edition banner

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.