Making mistakes is a major part of growing up and learning how to navigate life. Unfortunately, for some kids, mistakes related to drug use and possession, robbery, assault and drunk driving can have serious consequences that result in criminal charges. Mistakes are part of life and when a young person appears to be headed down the wrong path, it benefits all of society if measures are taken and employed to help a youth succeed.
While at face value the rationale mentioned above makes sense, a recent report by the Justice Policy Institute details how far too many juveniles in the U.S. are being locked up and incarcerated rather than provided with the help and counseling they desperately need. As a result, the lives of these young boys and girls are irreparably changed as negative experiences within the criminal justice system lead many down a path of recidivism and despair.