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  •  11 years as a Juvenile Public Defender (10+ / 0-)

    and I'm sure that we don not want for-profit private industry (or "non-profits" either for that matter) involved in juvenile supervision.  We had a horrible mess out here in Cal. with all the abuses listed above and have had some pretty good investigations that have caused a vast reduction in the number of kids going to juvenile prisons.  Still too many and the conditions still suck though.

    I've had a judge refuse placements based on an investigation that our office did, and once drove to an out-of-state placement and asked them to "bring in all my counties boys and shut the door.  Charges were filed at that institution against two supervisors-I was not involved in that investigation, but it confirmed what our kids were saying.

    There are known methods for alleviating youthful recidivism and violence-none of these methods involve the type of institution that you describe above.

    thanks for writing on this issue.

    I Know a place where a Royal Flush never beat a Pair" T. Waits

    by NearlyNormal on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 05:29:31 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for participating in this important (8+ / 0-)

      discussion, NearlyNormal.  I have read reports from CA. on the abuse of juveniles in detention there - as well as many other states.  It has been my dismay that it happens at all - and that where it most frequently happens is in private run facilities.

      What a lot of us have failed to realize is that once a person - adult or child - is taken into custody and placed into the care of another, nearly all contact with the family, friends and other on the outside are severed.  It creates an environment where one individual has been judged to be a criminal or threat to society and the other is there to protect society while it works to "adjust" the problematic behavior of that person - now called an inmate/prisoner.

      When the one holding the key to release profits from the continued keeping of the offender, there is absolutely no incentive to reform or release him/her.  On the contrary, job security and corporate profit is dependent upon keeping that bed full and bringing in taxpayer dollars.  There is no room in that equation or environment for quickly reforming and releasing an individual in their possession.

      On the other hand, when the state is the jailer there is great incentive to rehabilitate an individual and get him/her out of the institution as quickly as possible.  There is no profit made from retaining prisoners in state run facilities, only greater costs.  This creates incentive to correct behavior and lessen the financial burden to the taxpayer.

      This is the great difference between the two.  Both are capable of inflicting harm upon those in their custody but where the state actors are usually held culpable for such harm, private run facilities continue to get away with it - due to the political influence they have and the ability to hide such incidents from public view.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 06:48:21 PM PDT

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