Youth incarceration has been a hot topic in the United States for many years. Wisconsin is no stranger to this controversy, with the Lincoln Hills juvenile detention center under investigation for inmate abuse. The Youth First Initiative recently identified the 80 most notorious youth prisons in the country, which they aim to shut down. The Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls in Irma, WI were on this shut-down list, along with other facilities in 39 states total.
Archives for March 2016
Last week, the Youth First Initiative released a map of the nation’s 80 oldest and largest youth prisons in 39 states. While the federal government collects and publishes data from all the states on the number of youth who are incarcerated in the U.S., a comprehensive list of all the facilities isn’t public. This information had to be collected and analyzed by hand from all 50 states thanks to Jill Ward’s work with the support of many people in the states over many months. And these facilities, the largest and the oldest, are only the a subset of all the youth prisons.
Let’s take a look at some of the youth prisons on the list using the mnemonic: locked up.
A poll of 500 Connecticut adults found support for moving toward a less restrictive and more rehabilitative system of juvenile justice for youthful offenders. The poll paid for by Youth First and conducted by Gerstein, Bocian and Agne Strategies, found 61 percent of voters support closing youth prisons and redirecting the savings to community-based programs.
On Thursday, Youth First, a Washington, D.C., juvenile justice advocacy group, called for the closure of 80 youth prisons throughout 39 states. Five of them are in Pennsylvania — two of which are state-run facilities, the Loysville Youth Development Center and the North Central Secure Treatment Unit. These facilities were included in PublicSource’s evaluation of psychotropic prescribing.
More than half of Americans support closing youth prisons and redirecting savings to community-based programs, advocates say. The Youth First Initiative, a campaign to close youth prisons, released polling data on attitudes about incarceration, punishment and rehabilitation, reports the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. “We’re very encouraged by the results and we think this matches with the political will we’re seeing,” said Liz Ryan of Youth First. A bipartisan group of governors from Connecticut, Illinois and Virginia have said they would like to close some of their states’ largest and oldest prisons.