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  •  I've worked with a very few former (15+ / 0-)

    Gang members, many more who've been affected by gangs and many, many more who are wannabes.

    Many of these kids have been Native. People don't think that's possible, thanks to all the various stereotypes and assumptions floating around out there, but yes, it is. You bet it is.

    I'm far from an expert on the subject, but I do know that, when society marginalizes people, jail time becomes a mark of pride. I work with kids who aren't the least afraid of acquiring criminal records of any sort.

    On the flip side, I also work with kids who are determined not to go that route, but we don't live in a country that makes that particularly easy for them.

    I just wish more could see firsthand that all this punishment isn't doing what they want it to do---not only is it inhumane, it just plain doesn't scare these kids.

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