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Damning report finds serious issues with youth prison

From understaffing to suicides, youth are underserved in juvenile justice system By Christopher Zoukis The Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland Maine has deep roots — 165-year-old ones. The center’s first iteration was as the Boys Training Centre in 1853, when it functioned as a rehabilitation facility for young male offenders. In 1976

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Cafe aims to help at-risk youth, reduce recidivism

By Christopher Zoukis Grand St. Settlement is a social services organization in New York that focuses on empowerment, support and advocacy. In operation since 1916, Grand St. serves thousands of New Yorkers through child and family centres, education and skills-based programs. In November 2017, Grand St. Settlement announced a bold — and tasty — new

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Weighing Prison Time for Juvenile Offenders

By Christopher Zoukis The debate on whether or not teens should be tried as adults and be locked up in adult prisons rages on on each side of the issue. Some take a more compassionate stance that young offenders deserve second chances after making big mistakes, especially if their crimes are nonviolent in nature. On

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Opening up a world of reading opportunities for youth offenders

By Christopher Zoukis Recently librarian and literacy advocate Amy Cheney recounted an experience of teaching young offenders in a max unit how they could read to their children and/or younger siblings. One of the most poignant moments in her account, is her recollection that of the six girls in her group, just one of them

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