A true account of events that took place in Longwood, a secure facility for youth-in-care in the Chicago area. Teenage boys, often with a juvenile record, were placed in Longwood by courts or were housed there because they had nowhere to go. Longwood was a scene of corruption, sexual exploitation, and violence, but it was also where people loved, laughed, and made sacrifices to help one another.
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J. C. Pater spent two decades working as a journalist in the United States and Europe. In the early 2000s, J. C. earned her second Master’s Degree and followed her passion for working with adolescents with special needs. She spent years as a special education teacher in a secure residential facility for the wards of the state, mostly juvenile delinquents with a criminal record. That experience became an inspiration for her book, The Lost Boys from Longwood.