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The shameful treatment of children in the LA County Juvenile Correctional Facility

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About the editor: According to the respected Prison Policy Initiative, many of the incarcerated children are incarcerated for “noncriminal” violations of their probation, escaping, truancy or “cravings.” (“‘We’re screwed’: LA County empties troubled juvenile detention center ahead of state agency inspection,” March 16)

We’ve seen heartbreaking images of immigrant children in cages. Unfortunately, this harrowing story is so much bigger.

About 48,000 minors are incarcerated in the United States. Most have a history of trauma, displacement, and victimization, as well as a variety of associated mental health problems.

The LA County Parole Department’s panic to move the children from the admittedly “inadequate” central juvenile hall — a move that staff members said was disorderly, disorganized and unsafe — is another example of young people’s traumatization.

What will it take for this region to stop abusing our most vulnerable children?

Jane Paul, Los Angeles

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/story/2022-03-21/disgraceful-treatment-of-kids-in-juvenile-hall The shameful treatment of children in the LA County Juvenile Correctional Facility

Caroline Bleakley

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