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6/29/2015 | 7:41:04 PM
Excellent Endeavor That Should Be In Every Community in the US
A most excellent project by Rachel Barnard.  Young New Yorkers may be one of the very few social programs that actually benefits troubled white youth in addition to troubled minority youth.  All too frequently, if you're white and troubled, then you are SOL because the bulk of social programs/tax money goes to programs aimed at non white skinned participants.  It's nice to see that this program does not attribute by default  millionaire status to the participants simply because they have white skin.

 

 
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6/29/2015 | 12:40:49 PM
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@Stratusticin, you nail a key point: The critical thing with all this is to keep these young people from becoming repeat offenders. It's critical to make sure that one youthful mistake doesn't act as a powerful steering factor for someone to become a life-long "client" of jails and prisons.
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6/29/2015 | 12:38:21 PM
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@Kelly22, you point to something that came up in the interview: Once someone has a record, it becomes much, much harder to avoid future encounters with the criminal justice system. It would behoove us to keep as many young people as possible out of that situation.
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6/29/2015 | 12:36:42 PM
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@Sunita0, you're so right: We should make sure that every young person who goes into the penal system comes out with at least a high school diploma and some practical job training. I think it would go a long way toward make sure they don't end up spending most of their lives in prison.
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6/29/2015 | 12:32:19 PM
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@kstaron, you're right, and it's not just about touchy-feely things: There's a powerful financial component in arguing for this kind of intervention. It costs a lot of money to keep someone locked up: If we can intervene early and keep them out of the penal system it benefits society in many, many different ways.
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6/29/2015 | 12:30:41 PM
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@Angelfuego, I absolutely agree that we would benefit from many more programs that take Young New Yorker's approach to intervention through art. We tend to think of art as something frivolous, but I believe it's as important as any other class of education in helping people become complete individuals -- and complete individuals are, I think, less likely to strike out and become the focus of the criminal justice system.
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6/25/2015 | 2:26:19 PM
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I second that.  There are a lot of reasons that young offenders end up in the prison system, and I feel like many of them automatically feel like it's a life sentance because of the stigma that follows for the rest of their lives.  Giving them more access to education and technology can help keep them from being repeat offenders and help create a sustainable future for them knowing that past mistakes might not haunt them for the rest of their professional lives.
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6/25/2015 | 1:41:34 PM
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Love this! I volunteered in the education department of a maximum-security prison during my senior year of college. It's devastating to see how so many prisoners have spent their lives in the system because they were never given an opportunity for education or rehabilitation. Once they have an adult criminal record, it becomes so much harder for people to find a job and build a successful future. A program like this can help teens head down the right path before it's too late.
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6/25/2015 | 1:11:26 PM
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Just like this it would be very helpful if convicted teens are given ample opportunity to study and graduate under a college or an university using distance education schemes. I know provisions do exist but they aren't put to good use.
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6/25/2015 | 12:20:31 PM
Second chance
This is a fabulous way to give high-risk teens a second chance. With such a high teen incarceration rate, anything we can do to truly  start the process of rehabilitation and possibly prevent future crimes and jail time is a win for everyone.
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