Kentucky Police Officer Handcuffs 8-Year-Old, Stirs Outrage

Posted by Sue Dee

Aug 6, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Police in our schools—There is a better way

Watching the news this week, I came across an unsettling story.  

An 8-year-old, third-grade student diagnosed with ADHD and PTSD was handcuffed above the elbow by a sheriff’s deputy for not following directions at school. It is a disturbing image, yet one that may become increasingly more common. Police_handcuff_8yo

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Topics: Zero Tolerance, Kentucky, school to prison pipeline

Kentucky Moves to Evidence-Based Treatments to Combat Youth Crime

Posted by Patrick Duffy, MST Services

Sep 15, 2014 9:00:00 AM

In 2011, it was reported that Kentucky had one of the highest rates in the country for sending juveniles to jail for noncriminal offenses such as running away and truancy. The year before that meant 1,500 adolescents were incarcerated at the staggering cost of $2 million. Juvenile-Justice-583x390“There has to be a better alternative than locking a child behind a door to get their attention,” said Kentucky’s Deputy Director of Juvenile Justice Hasan Davis.

The state government decided there is—evidence-based treatment programs. 

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Topics: Kentucky, Juvenile Justice Reform,

A Great Day for Kentucky’s Youths and Taxpayers

Posted by Patrick Duffy, MST Services

Apr 16, 2014 8:00:00 AM

BlNa9LmCUAASyYHIn 2010, the state of Kentucky had 852 youths in confinement, a rate of 186 per 100,000. While this number may not seem very large, David Keene, a former president of the National Rifle Association, a former chairman of the American Conservative Union and a Right on Crime signatory, appropriately gasped at the cost of $87,000 a year per youth which, using these numbers, equates to $74,124,000 a year. Read Keene's OpEd here. More concerning than just the money is the mounds of data demonstrating that the result of this expense is likely to be increased recidivism and expanding costs.

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Topics: Kentucky, Juvenile Justice Reform,

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