For decades now the U.S. has decided the best way to treate serious and often petty child offenders by placing them in correctional facilities. As you read this article there are over 70,000 minors locked up, 74 % of them, for a non-violent offense.
If you happened to watch the documentary “Children for Sale” we have even seen injustices take place for financial motives. Such, was the case in Lucerne, PA where a judge accepted money from a private juvenile detention center for passing out harsh sentenses.
The numbers obviously show children coming out of prison are far from rehabilitated, 59 % will go on to commit another crime within 3 years. Not only are these children far from rehabbed, the system disrupts their education so severly, only 45 % will go on to finish highschool.
It’s imperative that we admit to ouselves that the solution we’ve created isn’t really working before we’re afraid to let our kids out to play in fear that they’ll end up in prison for just being a kid.