America: Land of the Incarcerated.
Why do we have such an overwhelming predisposition towards retribution in this
country?These kids don't need jail time -- they need
TREATMENT.Don't punish the kids, HELP the kids!
Any "incarceration" should be work or service based, not behind bars.
Give them treatment and education to go along with a strong work program. I
agree with the posters above.
I find the idea that there is a 'one size fits all' solution being
sought. While the difficulties are on-going, I think an assessment of problems
in a broader sense, and of the resources which might be available. child
molestation and incest are more prevalent than we would like to admit. boredom
with schools that essentially just dumb kids down is a huge problem. I hate the
idea of the state getting these kids on their list, but it is a bigger problem
than private organizations have been able or willing to meet. I remember how
meaningful the kind words of Harvey Taylor and J Elliott Cameron meant to me
when I was a lad. Maybe we could teach adults to express the kind of agape
which needs to be more prevalent -- social missionaries to troubled kids or
Common sense and effectiveness don't always come with people with letters
behind their names and a pile of degrees in something. When putting together a
solution for a child or for a group of children, let the interviews include
videos with the perspective people interacting with children to see how they
behave "in the field". The best people to work with these children and
help them, might be the ones who think they aren't qualified, but love the
children, the work, and have the heart for it.