Last Saturday, I had the chance to participate the Youth-Led Think Tank about Juvenile Detention Center. I was taken back by the information about the…

Last Saturday, I had the chance to participate the Youth-Led Think Tank about Juvenile Detention Center. I was taken back by the information about the treatments toward youth who have committed crimes. It is saddening to know that those with mental illness, or any type of illness and injury in general, could not receive medical service but are often locked up for several days. It is even more alarming to know that youth will not be excused from school when they are locked up for twenty days and thus will not be able to graduate. I felt heart-broken to learn how youth from certain neighborhoods of Chicago had been victimized in our social system. Every year, the city spends millions dollars just to lock up young people who made wrong decisions because of where and how they grew up, because their family could not support them and because they are exposed to crimes, drugs, and gangs at a very young age. Yet the city refuses to spend money on educating those young people, giving them skills and letting them grow to the fullest potential. Inequality still exists in our society, and it is important for those more informed to reshape our society.
– Phy

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