A lonely exercise cell in Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston, Texas

Harris County Psychiatric Center in Houston, Texas is not a facility exclusively for juveniles. The Harris County Probation Department pays for 16 beds at a cost of $2.1 million dollars per year. According to Juvenile Probation Department Executive Director Tom Brooks, the money is well spent, treating juveniles with sub-acute, severe mental health needs. As many of these children are the offspring and result of a 90’s crack epidemic, the point is to treat the kids without criminalizing them and hopefully prevent them from becoming part of the juvenile justice system.

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