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Locking Up Fewer Children

Aug 14, 2009, Editorial, New York Times

In the 1990s, states and localities began sending more and more children to juvenile lockups, often for months, while they awaited trial for nonviolent offenses or even noncriminal behavior like being “unruly.” This was a disaster. Children who spend time in detention are far more likely to leave school, suffer alcohol or drug abuse problems or commit violent crimes as adults. A far better approach — for these young people as well as overburdened government budgets — is…

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