Teen Offenders Find a Future in Missouri

Teen Offenders Find a Future in Missouri

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school-lockers.jpgIn the last four decades, Missouri has transformed its juvenile system into one that defies the traditional prison model, saving billions of dollars and drastically reducing the number of repeat offenders.

Known as the Missouri model, the program focuses on therapy, comfortable living conditions and an emphasis on job training and education. Missouri’s facilities are serving thousands of young offenders, and they are receiving national acclaim.

Continue reading at CNN, but note that the Cogitamus blog pointed out, “The CNN article includes quotes from “critics [who] argue the Missouri model’s residential centers are too soft on juvenile delinquents and that some youths may never become law abiding citizens.”  This in spite of the fact that Missouri’s “juvenile delinquents” are already becoming law abiding citizens at greater rates than states where punishment is the end and only goal.”