Denny Abbott Speaks at Troy-Dothan

By: Bridget Spencer Email
By: Bridget Spencer Email

Former Alabama probation officer Denny Abbott visited Troy-Dothan to speak about his book titled "They Had No Voice: My Fight for Alabama's Forgotten Children." He says he put his life, and career on the line to expose the mistreatment of black children in the juvenile court system.

"We started out, long before Mount Meigs, hurting kids in our own facility. We had, the detention center that I was responsible for, it was horrible and we hurt kids badly. Kids were locked up in this little tiny room about 22 hours a day, and I couldn't stand it," said Abbott.

He filed two lawsuits, one in 1969 and one in 1972. Troy-Dothan was his last stop in his lecture series.

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