I went to day school next door to this place for eight months. When I went back to regular school I got in a fight in three days. A kid was calling my mom bad names. I punched him and left school and started beating up a car. Cops came for me and I wouldn’t put on my seat belt when they put me in their car. So that was another violation. I told them I didn’t want to come back here . . . but here I am. I’ve been here a week and have a week to go. I’m “sanctioned” for two weeks.

— N.R., age 12

Douglas County Juvenile Detention, in Lawrence, Kansas is a public facility with a day school attached. The capacity is 18 youths. Kids detained at this facility range from 10 to 18 years old. The average age is 17 and the average length of their stay is 15 days. Staff are called correction officers, while the children are referred to as clients, residents, students, or youths. Youth who are unassigned to school are held under house arrest.

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  1. To me it seems like adults completely had
    forgotten that ones they were children themselves. After reading this blog I
    began seeing how our system is trying to deal with kids who refuse to follow
    the rules of society. In my opinion it clearly doesn’t work. The isolation, as
    part of the punishment, doesn’t look violent, but it kills a person from
    inside. These kids loose trust in other people. They become branded by this experience.

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