We’re using the mnemonic, l-o-c-k-e-d u-p, to show some of the main characteristics of a youth prison in a series of articles, Locked Up: What is a Youth Prison? One of those characteristics is that youth prisons are under scrutiny.
What youth prisons are under scrutiny?
Lawsuits. Oversight reports. Media investigations. Youth grievances. Family concerns. Community complaints. Youth prisons are rife with these. The track record of youth prisons over the past fifty years is abysmal as almost every state has experienced systemic or recurring maltreatment of youth in youth prisons and more than fifty lawsuits have been filed. According to Maltreatment of Youth in U.S. Corrections Facilities, the number of states where there have been investigations, oversight issues, lawsuits and allegations of abuse has increased from 22 states to 29 states in the past five years.
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