‘Every Youth Prison in the Country Should Be Closed’

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"Youth Study Center" built in 1948 to house Philadelphia juvenile offenders. Photo by Ezra Wolfe via Flickr

Our two-centuries-old system of dealing with delinquent youth is past reforming, say the authors of a Harvard Kennedy School paper. It should be replaced with a "community-based" approach that focuses on developmental needs, and reserves smaller and more rehabilitation-oriented facilities for those young people who need secure placement . . .

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