Because freedom can't protect itself
This article uses the word "kids" so many times that the article sounds like a broken record. I recommend stop using the word "kids" too many times. The boys and girls housed in solitary confinement are boys and girls. Solitary confinement should be stopped for girls and boys. I don't recommend using the reason of developing brains as a reason to stop solitary confinement because that's not the issue here.
I was arrested for burglaries at 16 years 4 months, with multiple minor arrests before becoming an "adult", or being tried as an adult anyway. I got a 1-3 sentence and was sent off to the Department of Corrections to learn my lesson! I can assure you that I fell through the cracks as I left jail vowing to NEVER steal a thing ever again! I certainly didn't steal again but that was simply a symptom of the underlying issue. I would only learn at 27 that I was an alcoholic. And like my younger years I would learn the hard way by rolling over on my 2 month old son sleeping between his mother and me. This was how I got to a place in my life that I was able to see I needed to change and found the willingness to do something about it. I have been sober since that fateful night on September 25th 2004! I can say that my life today is something I could've never imagined and wouldn't want to give away! I'd hardly change a thing from my pasts as each piece of it has brought me to this place of contentment. But as for this story and the people like James Stewart I can relate and really do appreciate the work done by Ted Koppel . It breaks my heart to think my story could've ended like James story. Not that my story was any better, but at least I can still tell my story. I never got "rehabilitation", treatment or any kind of help whatsoever!!! As a matter of fact, other than my immediate family and some close friends, I never got much real help in reference to my mental health and alcoholism until I made it to Alcoholics Anonymous. Like many things in this country parts of the judicial system are, at best broken. Mostly in ruins in my opinion. I've seen the wrath of youth detention but never experienced it for myself. As for solitary, my behavior in prison only put my there on two occasions, for three days on my first visit and fourteen for my last. It breaks great men. And for a child, psychologically defeating. And clearly life threatening. firstname.lastname@example.org
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