February 25, 2008

WA: "when you push them out, who are you pushing them to?"

From the P-I:

For teen felons, hardest job is finding honest work - Crimes from the past hurt youths trying to build a new future

Finding jobs for teens with a felony on their record is increasingly difficult, but court officials say it might be the only thing to save them from spiraling further into crime...

We had an 18-year-old brought back to court today who could've been in this article:

"They think all this stuff goes away when they're 18 and out of our system. Well, it doesn't... It haunts them. And it really affects them in the long run..."


Lisa Kenney said...

This is such a difficult issue and I don't think I've heard any workable answers. The problem becomes much worse for juveniles who've done serious time and need to reintegrate into society. I care about the issue, and clearly we need some workable solutions, but I'm a perfect example of the average person. I'm afraid of these kids.

Liz Ditz said...

Well, let's start at both ends. At the prevention end: communities in schools --here they are in Washingtonand at the re-entry end.

I don't know much about juvenile re-entry, to my shame.

But we've got to do better.