Drawing upon 25 years of experience representing black youth in Washington D.C.'s juvenile court, Kris Henning confronts America's irrational, manufactured fears of Black youth and makes a case that the crisis in racist American policing begins with its relationship to Black children.
... powerful ... In eye-opening chapters, she explains how...changes in the brain affect adolescents in all aspects of their lives ... The Rage of Innocence is an important and timely book—an intelligent, compassionate, and indispensable argument on behalf of Black children.
Henning brings to bear a wealth of scholarship as well as her decades of legal experience defending DC-area youth ... This timely and necessary book pairs exhaustively researched documentation with heartbreaking stories of Black youth caught up in the justice system for quotidian, non-dangerous mistakes.