Restorative Action for Juvenile Justice Centers Essay

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Mental Health With two-thirds of young people in detention centers meeting the criteria for having a mental disorder we can see that major changes need to be made (Holman & Ziedenberg, 2006). According to Holman and Ziedenberg (2006), a little more than a third of these juveniles need continuous clinical care. This rate is twice as high as the adolescent populace not detained in juvenile centers (Holman & Ziedenberg, 2006). So why is the occurrence of mental illness among the detained youth so high? The primary reason is because those youth who are suffering from mental illness have nowhere else to turn. Mental health facilities have rapidly disappeared over the years, leaving those suffering with mental illness on the streets without the…show more content…
Mental Health With two-thirds of young people in detention centers meeting the criteria for having a mental disorder we can see that major changes need to be made (Holman & Ziedenberg, 2006). According to Holman and Ziedenberg (2006), a little more than a third of these juveniles need continuous clinical care. This rate is twice as high as the adolescent populace not detained in juvenile centers (Holman & Ziedenberg, 2006). So why is the occurrence of mental illness among the detained youth so high? The primary reason is because those youth who are suffering from mental illness have nowhere else to turn. Mental health facilities have rapidly disappeared over the years, leaving those suffering with mental illness on the streets without the resources they need for recovery. If these troubled juveniles have nowhere else to turn, they will likely continue to be hulled into juvenile centers. The violence alone in some detention centers has a deep and lasting impact on young people, leaving them worse off after “rehabilitation” in these programs and likely back out in the real world, where they started, with no more resources than before. The environment is a huge factor for mental illness in this portion of the system. Anytime you take a child out of their normal surroundings and routines, you can expect things to be a bit off. Imagine yourself being physically removed from your family, school and community ties. Add to it the conditions of that confinement and anyone can assume
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