13,000 Abuse Claims in Juvie Centers - Cruelty and Death in Juvenile Detention Centers
in Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009 - Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press, March 2, 2008
- Student Researcher: Sarah Maddox - Faculty Evaluator: Barbara Bloom, PhD
Your government at work - 'They broke his jaw, busted his eye' -
Mother describes attacks on son in Texas Youth Commission custody - Jerome R. Corsi, WorldNetDaily.com, April 3, 2007
In states across the country, child advocates have harshly condemned
conditions under which young offenders are housed - conditions that
involve sexual abuse, physical abuse, and even death.
[Several cases described, among which:]
... severe overcrowding, with teenagers sleeping floors; nonexistent
educational opportunity; nonexistent mental healthcare or rehabilitative
programs; isolation for over twenty-three hours a day for months
straight; use of excessive force, including beatings and pepper
sprayings; and inappropriate administration of medications.
... telling how her son was
forced to perform oral sex by female prison staff, sodomized by an older
inmate in an incident arranged by a guard and suffered a broken jaw and
concussions in physical attacks.
Galloway's story is about her son Joseph, now 19, who has been in the
system for more than four years. He had been raped by a friend's older
brother when he was eight, but his parents did not learn of the attack
until he was 15, after he had started touching his siblings
inappropriately, and they called for help. "I reported this to the authorities thinking that they were
going to get
us some help," Galloway told [...].
But this story, and that of others, is not a story of helping
Revealed: brutal guide to punishing
jailed youths - Mark Townsend; The Observer & The Guardian,
UK, Sunday 18 July 2010
Shocking details of techniques used to inflict pain deliberately on
children in privately run jails have been revealed for the first time in
a government document obtained by the Observer.
"The manual is deeply disturbing and stands as state authorisation
of institutionalised child abuse."
School of Shock - Jennifer
August 20 , 2007
Eight states are sending autistic, mentally retarded, and emotionally
troubled kids to a facility that punishes them with painful electric
shocks. How many times do you have to zap a child before it's torture?
Juvenile sex offenders marked for life
- Records of childhood transgressions, never sealed, limit options for
adults - Claudia Rowe, Seattle P-I, June 22, 2008
"A common misperception is that they're like adults," said
Knoepfler, president of the Washington Association for Treatment of
Sexual Abusers. "But they're not. We're mainly talking about geeky,
nerdy, socially immature kids. And so many of the factors that
contribute to risk -- like where they live or how their families work --
are out of their control."
In decades past, Knoepfler said, few believed that youths committing
inappropriate sex acts -- whether awkward adolescents or predatory
criminals -- needed treatment. "But my sense is that now we've
the case," he said.
Part of juvenile system quashed
- Judge: Classification of sex offenders unfair - Deborah Yetter, courier-journal.com, September 6, 2007
A Franklin Circuit judge has struck down Kentucky's system for
classifying and housing juveniles who commit sex offenses, finding it
deprives the youths of proper treatment.
In a ruling issued yesterday, Judge Phillip Shepherd found the state
Juvenile Justice Department has exceeded its authority in creating a
system where youths who commit even minor offenses are required to
undergo long-term treatment at residential centers.
Shepherd found juvenile justice officials have begun classifying
who commit even minor sex offenses, such as fondling, as "juvenile
offenders," a category under law generally reserved for older
who commit serious offenses such as rape or sodomy.
That classification allows the department to send the youths to a
facility where they are required to enter sex offender treatment
programs for up to three years.
UD study says state wastes
millions of dollars on treating low-risk juvenile sex offenders
- Newarkpostonline.com, June 25, 2010
An examination of Delaware's approach to juvenile sex offenders
finds the need for reform. Research released today shows the system
costs taxpayers millions each year, treating many kids as high risk
who simply do not fall into that category, while distracting the state
from the truly risky offenders.
and Recidivism - Peter Christian & Brian Maass, web-article,
May 9, 2010 - Statistics about juvenile sex offender treatment
It is widely accepted by experts in the field that juvenile sex
offenders are more likely, and open, to rehabilitation than adult sex