Do kids belong in a juvenile detention center, or should they be placed in smaller regional centers? That is the question that I am asking you. Some people may feel that kids regardless of age should be locked up in juvenile centers. But is that going to help the kids in the long run? Is that going to help society? I do know one thing; having kids in juvenile detention centers eats up a lot of tax payers’ dollars.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle stated this quote “blow…up” the juvenile detention centers. She is in favor of housing trouble kids in smaller regional centers. Also, Earl Dunlap, Chief of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center on the west side of Chicago has said that juvenile detention centers should be closed down.
Here are two people with prestigious positions both arguing that juvenile detention centers should be closed down. Preckwinkle has stated that one of the main reasons detention centers are still in effect is the fact is where else are the kids going to be housed? There are hundreds of kids in detention centers; and a lot of those kids cannot return home to their families. Their families may not want to take them back in. I do believe that smaller regional facilities can be a change of scenery and may benefit the kids, but I am not one to make that decision. What do you guys think about this?http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/11179141-418/preckwinkle-blow-up-juvenile-jail-and-put-kids-in-smaller-regional-centers.html