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Juvenile justice needs reform


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 18, 2013

~~<p>The language is dry and bureaucratic, yet the core message in a new report on juvenile justice comes through with devastating clarity: Hawaii is failing to rehabilitate most offenders because it uses the wrong approach, relying on expensive incarceration even for those convicted of misdemeanors and failing to provide timely access to the drug and mental-health treatment these troubled youths desperately need.</p>
<p>This failure is evident not only in the wasted potential of young people who spiral into more serious crime as adults, but in the cost to taxpayers who are denied a return on their major investment in this flawed system.</p>
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The language is dry and bureaucratic, yet the core message in a new report on juvenile justice comes through with devastating clarity: Hawaii is failing to rehabilitate most offenders because it uses the wrong approach, relying on expensive incarceration even for those convicted of misdemeanors and failing to provide timely access to the drug and mental-health treatment these troubled youths desperately need.

This failure is evident not only in the wasted potential of young people who spiral into more serious crime as adults, but in the cost to taxpayers who are denied a return on their major investment in this flawed system. Login for more...



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