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Editorial: Prison Not Only Choice for Justice

The tough-love approach to juvenile justice undertaken in the 1980s and ‘90s was designed to send a message to frighten would-be young criminals. You get caught, you go to jail. To an extent it worked, at least for awhile. The question some officials are asking now is at what price. Although removing an offender from the community has an immediacy to it that provides a sense of security, there are no conclusive indications it addresses the longer-term problem of preventing children…

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