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  •  I might agree (18+ / 0-)

    with this solution if it were tempered down a bit. Not all young criminals are mentally ill. Sometimes their crimes are adaptations they've learned to deal with dysfunctional situations.

    A young person who's been molested may learn how to defend themselves, and may develop paranoia that leaves him overly defensive, getting him into trouble. He's learned ways of adapting to abuse that are counterproductive as we see it, but for him, they work at stopping the abuse.

    How do you undo years of childhood filled with betrayal, abuse, neglect, and deprivation? Some are walking time bombs, seemingly damaged beyond repair. Others can be helped. We need to be able to tell the difference, and to heal them wherever we can.

    •  Definitely not mentally ill, but damaged from (2+ / 0-)
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      LinSea, marina

      their experiences and lack of proper support for normal development. Early trauma does impact brain development, to the point of changing the architecture and metabolism, at least to a degree.

      I agree that 'mental institution' is the wrong  approach, but a structured, adaptive and supportive environment for a significant period would be at least a chance for children of such situations to heal and recover some semblance of normalcy.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

      by FarWestGirl on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 11:13:52 AM PST

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