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Art Plus Technology Keeps Kids Out Of Prison
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Curt Franklin
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6/29/2015 | 12:40:49 PM
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@Stratusticin, you nail a key point: The critical thing with all this is to keep these young people from becoming repeat offenders. It's critical to make sure that one youthful mistake doesn't act as a powerful steering factor for someone to become a life-long "client" of jails and prisons.
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6/29/2015 | 12:38:21 PM
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@Kelly22, you point to something that came up in the interview: Once someone has a record, it becomes much, much harder to avoid future encounters with the criminal justice system. It would behoove us to keep as many young people as possible out of that situation.
Curt Franklin
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6/29/2015 | 12:36:42 PM
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@Sunita0, you're so right: We should make sure that every young person who goes into the penal system comes out with at least a high school diploma and some practical job training. I think it would go a long way toward make sure they don't end up spending most of their lives in prison.
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6/29/2015 | 12:32:19 PM
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@kstaron, you're right, and it's not just about touchy-feely things: There's a powerful financial component in arguing for this kind of intervention. It costs a lot of money to keep someone locked up: If we can intervene early and keep them out of the penal system it benefits society in many, many different ways.
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6/29/2015 | 12:30:41 PM
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@Angelfuego, I absolutely agree that we would benefit from many more programs that take Young New Yorker's approach to intervention through art. We tend to think of art as something frivolous, but I believe it's as important as any other class of education in helping people become complete individuals -- and complete individuals are, I think, less likely to strike out and become the focus of the criminal justice system.
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6/25/2015 | 1:41:34 PM
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Love this! I volunteered in the education department of a maximum-security prison during my senior year of college. It's devastating to see how so many prisoners have spent their lives in the system because they were never given an opportunity for education or rehabilitation. Once they have an adult criminal record, it becomes so much harder for people to find a job and build a successful future. A program like this can help teens head down the right path before it's too late.


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