Experts Weigh in on Why Sending Kids To Prison Doesn't Work

Posted by MST Services

Mar 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Sending kids to prison doesn't work

Does it stand to reason that a delinquent 15-year-old sent to state detention for six months where he receives no counseling, no rehab and little or no education will return home better adjusted and less likely to commit crimes?

William Byars Jr., former director of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, doesn’t think so. “I believe if you are raising a teenager in prison, you’re probably raising a convict.” What happens is the boy picks up new ways to get into trouble from others in the facility. They don’t talk about the Theory of Relativity or “Moby Dick.” No, they’re talking about getting high, getting even for some perceived slight, how to rob a liquor store, egging each other on, each trying to be the big man.

Watch the video to hear from experts and parents of juveniles on why sending kids to prison doesn't work.

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Topics: MST outcomes, evidence-based, Juvenile crime

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