Short book review of LITTLE CRIMINALS: The Story of a New Zealand Boys’ Home, by David Cohen, Random House 2011.
NZ journalist David Cohen was incarcerated at Epuni Boys’ Home, Lower Hutt, the short-term correctional centre for so-called problem children. He was sent there by the Children’s Court in 1975.
Cohen is clever but writes a rambling book glorifying boxing as a means to straighten out kids. Medical authorities around the world have said how utterly stupid and dangerous boxing is. It should be banned.
There is useful history of Epuni Boy’s Home and some good photos. He chronicles the sad and ongoing failure of the NZ justice system.
A better read might be John Pratt’s Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism (Routledge, ISBN: 9780415524735)