Most, if not all facilities in the US have juveniles eating with plastic-ware or a “spork.” Here at Burnaby Youth Custody Services in Vancouver, each unit has ten juveniles and they eat with knife, fork and spoon.

They are well supervised. Each place setting is counted after each meal. Ten sets go in the locked dishwasher after each meal. The humanizing effect of having a meal with normal utensils can’t be underestimated in assisting the juveniles transition back into a normal life.

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