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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 08:01 AM
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Cash-strapped states cut juvenile justice programs
AP via Yahoo!:



Cash-strapped states cut juvenile justice programs
By JIM DAVENPORT, Associated Press Writer


COLUMBIA, S.C. State budget cuts are forcing some of the nation's youngest criminals out of counseling programs and group homes and into juvenile prisons in what critics contend is a shortsighted move that will eventually lead to more crime and higher costs.

Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia are among states that have slashed juvenile justice spending in some cases more than 20 percent because of slumping tax collections. Youth advocates say they expect the recession will bring more cuts next year in other states, hitting programs that try to rehabilitate children rather than simply locking them up.

"If you raise a child in prison, you're going to raise a convict," said South Carolina Juvenile Justice Director Bill Byars, credited with turning around a system once better known for warehousing children than counseling them and teaching them life skills.

Now, he's been asked to draw up plans to trim an additional 15 percent from a juvenile justice budget already cut $23 million, or 20 percent, since June as part of the state's effort to pare $1 billion from its $7 billion budget. .......(more)

The complete piece is at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081226/ap_on_re_us/meltdow...




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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 08:07 AM
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1. Penny wise pound foolish
Bob Herbert called the shot in the NY Times this weekend:

America is suffering from an epidemic of stupidity.
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Systematic Chaos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 08:50 AM
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2. Sounds like a big mistakie-wakie to me!


May the droogs be with you, right right? :eyes:
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