Metro Regional Youth Detention Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Facility is rated for 150 males and 50 females, but at the time of the photographer's visit the population was 189. Children as young as 7 years of age are incarcerated here.
30 years of research shows "Scared Straight" program does not reduce juvenile crime or incarceration. Yet the show has been renewed. What does work? Mentoring for one thing. Relationships = the key to helping our struggling youth.
The new Clayton County Youth Development and Justice Center is being touted as a new and better approach when it comes to rehabilitating incarcerated youth. Read more about it here: http://www.ajc.com/news/clayton/youth-justice-a-model-1459501.html
Of the over 600,000 American children admitted to juvenile detention annually, poor and minority children are grossly over represented, with two-thirds of the detention population made up of kids of color. Money and social status often help determine a juvenile offender’s length of stay. Those who remain behind bars to shoulder the worst effects of the system are the ones whose families struggle financially, who have no transportation, whose court-appointed attorneys scramble to prepare...
Macon Youth Development Campus, Macon, Georgia. Pictured are suicide prevention scissors used to cut away cloth with which a child might be trying to hang themselves. Each is numbered and accounted for.