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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Florida: Shock and Awe Youth Boot Camps Under Fire

A teen's death at a youth boot camp for juvenile delinquents is prompting Florida legislators to question the "shock and awe" method of crime prevention.  Although the boot camp's spokeman claims otherwise, the teen's family insists that he was abused, having sustained a cut lip and other facial abrasions.  Florida's Juvenile Justice Department records show that these camps have a 62% recidivism rate.  Story. . . [Mark Godsey]

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I worked as a Probation Officer/Therapist in
Los Angeles County for several years. You can
not shock these kids. They have seen it all all already. They have seen death, they have seemed torture, they have seen starvation the one thing they have not seen much of is honesty, and unconditional love. I currently teach anger management for youth in our city. The only thing that puts these youth in awe is when someone genuinely cares about them.

Shannon Munford
Daybreak Counseling Service

Posted by: Shannon Munford | Jan 30, 2006 2:51:41 PM

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