Babies are not born addicts or bad. They come into this world trusting and ready to learn. When they find themselves in a world that is threatening, unpredictable or abusive they tend to go into a defense mode and for the most part may become aggressive or dysfunctional. Below is a profile of the kids that have found themselves incarcerated by the Juvenal Justice system. You have to remember that in the land of the free and home of the brave we incarcerate 92,000 Juvenal which is more than any other country in the world. Too many of these kids will go on to the prisons and jails of the nation. There is a link with more links to follow for the complete article.
Mind you, this is only a profile of the Juveniles and not the full article.
Profiles of Youth in Custody
A report by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention and U.S. Department of Justice, “Survey of Youth in Residential Placement: Youth’s Needs and Services,” used data from more than 7,000 youth in custody gathered during interviews. The report’s findings include: 70% of youth in custody reported that they had “had something very bad or terrifying” happen to them in their lives. 67% reported having seen someone severely injured or killed; 26% of those surveyed said felt as if “life was not worth living,” and 22% reported having tried to commit suicide at some point in their lives; 84% of the youth surveyed said they had used marijuana, compared to a rate of 30% among their peers in the general population; 30% reported having used crack or cocaine, compared with only 6% in the general population. The report noted a significant gap between the profiles of boys and girls, with girls often reporting more pronounced difficulties: 63% of girls reported having problems with anger, whereas 47% of boys did; 49% of girls reported having hallucinatory experiences, whereas only 16% of boys did; 37% of girls reported having suicidal thoughts and feelings, whereas only 18% of boys did. Facilities that treat such youth also were shown to be inadequate in some core areas, according to the Justice Department. Among youth who reported four or more recent substance-related problems, only about 60% said they had been provided with substance abuse counseling in their current facility. Many youth in custody reported having attention problems and difficulties in school. Once in custody, only 45% report spending 6 hours a day or more in school, meaning that their learning time is below that of the general population.