The Costs of Juvenile “Justice”

In November 2006, Darryl Thompson, a 15-year-old boy, died in restraints after being pinned to the floor in the Tryon Boys Residential Center in New York.  Such force was used after Darryl repeatedly asked for recreation time.  Last August, the U.S. Department of Justice investigated and discovered that the state uses “excessive force on youths in custody,” and will sue the state if reform does not happen.  Likewise, the Gossett juvenile prison in upstate New York is often referred to as “Rug Burn City, a reference to the injuries [youths] sustained when guards . . . . pinned young offenders face down on the carpeted floor.”… <Read More>