MALTREATMENT OF YOUTH IN U.S. JUVENILE CORRECTIONS FACILITIES – AN UPDATE


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Baltimore Riots
Baltimore Riots

Broken Promises, Broken Lives

Riots are often Rorschach tests. People see what they want to see in the images of burning buildings and looting stores: either as animals who need to be thrown into a cage, or young people in need of jobs, criminal justice reform and an education system that prepares them for something more than street hustling.

The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story

Report: Girls Face ‘Sex-Abuse-To-Prison Pipeline’

The numbers are huge: An Oregon study found that 93 percent of girls in the state’s juvenile justice system had been sexually or physically abused at some time. South Carolina research found that 81 percent of girls in its system had experienced sexual abuse.




Danielle Lynette Robinson, 23, has been in the Sisters Rising program since 2013.

Women’s Center Works to Lower Recidivism Rates With ‘Immersion in Sisterhood’

“I just figured since I was under 18 and I could do whatever and just end up in juvenile hall, I didn’t care,” Danielle Robinson said. “There were times I felt like I was going to change but that’s only because I was locked up. Once I got back on the street, I acted the same.”

But when she turned 18, things changed for Robinson — she served her last sentence in juvenile hall and had a daughter one year later.



St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

Runaway and Cast Off: One LGBT Teen’s Story

Since he was 16, Ivan Cabrera has been spending time at New Alternatives, a drop-in center for 16- to 24-year-olds who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — and homeless. He goes there almost every Sunday for a free meal, HIV testing and a talk with other clients and caseworkers.

Cabrera calls the people there his family.



Neustrelitz Prison

How Germany Treats Juveniles

“This is the place for violence because they are young, they are aggressive, they have no control,” said Jörg Jesse, head of prisons in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.


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Young People in Recovery Need Anonymity More Than Ever, Experts Say

In a world dominated by social media, some young people and experts who work with them say anonymity gets harder and harder to practice in the digital era.

Also, thousands upon thousands of adults in recovery question whether anonymity may actually hinder recovery.


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