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  •  So true, (3+ / 0-)

    indeed, many juvenile offenders are already victims themselves by the time they are incarcerated or placed in diversion programs.

    It can be hard to do the right thing (or even discern what that is), and live a life on the straight and narrow when you have no context for either -or worse, your role models are actively displaying the opposite of healthy behavior; which for so many of our youth is a sad reality.

    •  Juvenile facilities (while imperfect in so many (5+ / 0-)

      ways) are often the only opportunity for juvenile offenders to get mental health treatment and stay in school.  Unless they're going to be locked up forever, you need to prepare for when they get out.  

      I'm more conservative than the average kossack on criminal justice stuff, but this strikes me as such a no brainer, I don't even know what to say.  

      •  Yes, I agree that juvenile facilities (2+ / 0-)
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        can be critical for some offenders. For one, they can act as a break in the chain of delinquent behavior and use such things as you mention -mental health treatment and proper educational focus -to help address underlying issues that may be causing the behavior in the first place.

        This is indeed a no brainer. We cannot allow offenders (particularly juveniles) to be victimized while wards of the state and expect them to acclimate back into society without any problems.

        The purposeful noncompliance is truly a shameful action; I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Republicans don't even attempt to hide their disgust for humanity anymore.

        I'm right there with you misslegalbeagle, sometimes I can only shake my head...

      •  you speak for me on all four points. (1+ / 0-)
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        Ahianne

        Juvenile mental health.
        Prepare them for when they get out.
        More conservative than average Kossak on criminal justice.
        And this is a no-brainer.

        We got the future back. Uh-oh.

        by G2geek on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 03:28:50 PM PDT

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