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By: Rick Blangiardi
A recent report on the juvenile justice system was
eye-opening, to say the least.
The good news was that juvenile arrests fell 28 percent and
the number of youth...
Admitted to the hawaii youth correctional facility fell 41
But the surprising and disturbing news is that those at the
facility are staying longer. Back in 2004, the average stay at h-y-c-f was 2.5
months. Now it is 7.2 months. What's worse, three quarters of those who leave
the facility will be back within three years.
Each young person housed at the facility costs taxpayers
nearly $200,000 a year.
As the report correctly points out, much work needs to be
done. One recommendation is that youth comitted to the facility for
misdemeanors (nearly two-thirds of first offenses) should no longer be housed
Alternatives include more resources for substance abuse,
which make up an astounding 80 percent of all cases in the juvenile justice
Other recommendations involve more access to mental health
treatment, a better process to have young offenders reenter society and the
strengthening of probation practices.
We commend the working group of judges, law enforcement
officials, legislators and educators who know that protecting and
rehabilitating troubled youth is an important for the future of society.