Businessinsider titled: “The Gut-Wrenching Story Of A 14-Year-Old Locked Up 300 Miles Away From His Mom”


The Gut-Wrenching Story Of A 14-Year-Old Locked Up 300 Miles Away From His Mom

Christina Sterbenz                  Aug. 29, 2013,  7:13 PM
Juvenile Justice Facility Kewanee Associated PressThis Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 photo shows the exterior of the  Illinois Youth Center-Kewanee in Kewanee, Ill.

The youngest inmate at Kewanee, an Illinois juvenile facility, can  hardly ever see his mother because she’s 300 miles away, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports.

A judge sent 14-year-old Jaime Peoples (not his real name) to the facility  for an “indefinite” amount of time to learn to control his anger and behave, his  mother Celia told JJIE.

Jaime, who got in trouble for punching a boy in the nose, has been diagnosed  with bipolar disease, attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder,  and PTSD, JJIE reports.

When he was 8 years old, Jaime watched masked gunmen enter his house and fire  17 rounds into his uncle, his mother says. Celia wants the counselors there to  recognize the harmful side effects of Jaime’s childhood.

“They don’t see the same patterns as I do. I go to sleep, and I can picture  him curled up in a ball crying for me. And this is the worst feeling a parent  could ever feel,” Celia said.

The ACLU has sued the state the Illinois Department of Justice for allegedly  not providing adequate mental health care. Last September, the department agreed  to improve conditions at the facilities as a result of a settlement with the ACLU.

Before the settlement, juvenile inmates were receiving about 30 minutes of  therapy per week — far less than other Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice  facilities, according to the John Howard Association of  Illinois.

Jaime still gets just 30 minutes of individual counseling a week, JJIE  reported. However, juvenile offenders also receive four or five hours of group  therapy, a representative for the facility told JJIE.

Head over to JJIE to read more of Jaime’s  story.

There You´ll read very ugly & disturbing Facts about this poor Child!

This Boy seemed to be highly traumatized and Need help and care –

not  a place in prison!

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English: Dermatophagia – extreme nail biting / biting of skin to point of an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or other condition leading to self mutilating behaviour such as autistic spectrum disorders (as is the case in this example) or Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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