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Seeking more appropriate settings



For more than a decade, the state has tried to treat its most violent juvenile delinquents like adult offenders, sending them to prison-like high-security residential schools.

Now, the experts are saying that doesn't work, and the state is turning back to different forms of punishment that might actually help the kids survive in the real world after their term is up.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Florida is shutting down its high-security residential schools for teen offenders, in favor of smaller schools that are better suited to rehabilitation.

"Our mandate to provide treatment and rehabilitation is absolutely unequivocal in addition to safety and security," Rex Uberman, the Department of Juvenile Justice's assistant secretary for residential services., told the Post. "Large remote institutions are a roadblock to family involvement as well as a challenge in providing a strong educational and treatment setting."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:31am]


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