There are no handcuffs, no razor-wire fences, no uniforms, no cells, in Missouri's revamped youth corrections system, reports the Los Angeles Times. Inmates, referred to as "kids," live in dorms that feature beanbag chairs, potted plants, stuffed animals, and bunk beds with smiley-face comforters. Guards – who are called "youth specialists" and must have college degrees – go by first names and offer hugs. At a maximum-security lockup in St. Joseph, the state's toughest teenage offenders explore the roots of their anger, weep over the acts of abusive parents, and swap strategies for breaking free of . . .
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