Reading Time: < 1 minute One in three American young people will be arrested or taken into custody by the time they are 23. A few of these will be as young as ten.
Many will be locked in detention centers under conditions that run counter to everything we know about rehabilitation — indeed, about what constitutes a civilized society.
But what is the right way to lock up a youth? Journalist Nell Bernstein tells WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman that there is no right way. The very act of separation from society in prison-like conditions denies them the most essential requirement of their growth — positive relationships with caring adults.