Missouri Leads In Small Units for Teen Offenders

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http://www.aecf.org/publications/advocasey/spring2003/small/small.htm Most states incarcerate juvenile offenders in large "training schools." Nationwide, 52 percent of juveniles confined in 1997 were held in facilities with a population above 110. Youths are typically housed in small cells, disconnected from the the social forces that drove them to criminality—and to which they will sooner or later return, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's magazine reports. Recidivism studies routinely find that half or more of training school youth are convicted of . . .

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