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Resource ID: #18737
Subject: Mental Health
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Date: July 15-18



A Post-Gazette four-part investigative series documents "how teens with serious mental illnesses are being warehoused in juvenile detention and corrections facilities because states have closed their adolescent mental hospital units and no one else will take them." The reporter finds that the system is "more punitive than therapeutic," and that "shoddy record keeping, room confinement for minor rules infractions, and lengthy incarcerations all place at-risk teens in greater danger of seriously hurting or killing themselves." The findings are supported by a survey of directors of detention centers across the country. The 172 responses received by the newspaper have confirmed that mentally ill teens face severe problems in juvenile lockups.

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