Juvenile In Justice
I've lifted the image above from this slide show at The Guardian of recent work by Richard Ross. I have posted (in pretty much wholly complimentary terms) on Ross's work several times here before. This is powerful work - once again. It raises obvious questions. How many rich white kids are here? Why are these kids being stored away? The likely answer to the first question - not many, if any - largely answers the second.
No need to be naive. Many of these kids are troubled and need considerable, ongoing help in dealing with their troubles. Some might well be incorrigible. We'll never know if tossing the kid in a cell is our default option. There has got to be a better, cheaper (whether financially or in terms of life prospects for kids) way to address ten-twelve-fourteen year old kids and their troubles.?