THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM FAILS 75% OF THE YOUTH IT SERVES
The system’s current approach to behavior reform is to strip kids of their dignity and don them in orange jump suits. It isolates youth from society and incarcerates them in an 8x8 cage. It blocks all communication with their families and develops communities of youth who reinforce each other’s disconnection from society.
The unnecessary incarceration of juvenile offenders is rooted in the way systems respond to those who break society’s moral and legal codes. The natural reaction is to harm those who have harmed others. But sadly, how we punish our youth for their misdeeds results in the exact opposite of the outcomes we are hoping for, and instead leads to more crime and more victims. Despite the alarming data, society still accepts this status quo.