Tuesday, August 25, 2009

How America Treats Troubled Youth

Two adjacent articles in today’s WSJ say it all. The first article examines how youth in 4 juvenile detention centers in New York were treated. They were “regularly subjected to physical abuse that caused concussions, broken bones, lost teeth and fractures.” 1 young person died.

The other article concerns a young person who was detained at Guantanamo Bay prison. He was 12 when he was detained and was held prisoner at Guantanamo for more than 6 years. This strategy of incarcerating children is a great for winning hearts and minds.

Both of these articles concern incidents that violate the United Nations convention for the protection of children.

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