Richard Buery's Essay “Can We Save the City’s Children?” Published in The Atlantic
The following is an excerpt from Can We Save the City's Children?, by Richard Buery, President and CEO of The Children's Aid Society, published as part of The Atlantic’s essay series, America the Fixable.
"Engaging the local community is vital to the rehabilitation process. For young offenders, receiving supportive services in their home communities, where they can remain connected to families and local institutions, offers the most reliable path for ensuring that they do not grow up to become lifelong criminals. For most children convicted of minor infractions, effective services can be provided while they live at home, avoiding the costs and negative impact of institutionalization. Yet for the past few decades we have failed troubled youth--the vast majority of them black and Latino (84 percent of all admissions in 2009)--by shipping them to juvenile detention facilities hundreds of miles away from home, often for minor infractions."