Friday, March 9, 2018

Closing Maine’s embattled youth prison ‘not so simple’

The advocates calling to close Maine’s youth prison and the people who run it agree on something: Fewer kids behind bars is better.

It’s an idea that over the past decades shuttered another youth prison and saw a sharp reduction of inmates at the Long Creek Youth Development Center. More recently, as the South Portland facility has struggled with a staffing crisis and a large population of teens with deep mental illness, this idea has led criminal justice reform groups to call for it to be shut down.

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