How Do We End This Circle?

A youngster is ready to be released from the county’s detention facility, but there’s no place for them to go. No home. No halfway house.

So, what happens?

They sit in detention. They don’t move on with their lives.They stew.

And let’s say this youngster somehow leaves, but they wander from place to place. They live without a fixed home address.

So, what happens?

They can’t get the help they need to find jobs, to get school, to deal with their problems.

These problems are not hidden. But they persist and they were brought up a recent report on the juvenile justice facilities here. It was produced by the Mikva  Challenge Juvenile Justice Council.

They raised the problems and offered suggestions – the kind that the news media covers and needs to cover more than ever.

Why?

Because we are passed the numbers count and coping with the shock of the violence that that makes this the most violent large city in the U.S.

We are looking for solutions and looking for community wide discussions about what works and what hurts. That’s why we are holding a media gathering at 6 pm Tuesday, Oct. 29. We want to hear from journalists, public officials, community groups, youth media and all who care about violence here about what more needs to be said to bring the conversation around to solutions.

So join us if you care: 6 pm at 33 East Congress, first floor, Colombia College,

and here’s the report from the Mikva Challenge and Chris Rudd of the organization will be one of those talking.

https://docs.google.com/a/mikvachallenge.org/file/d/0ByNPZcL7VWcVODVkb20wYU5vOVk/edit?pli=1

and here’s their section on housingphoto by Carlos Javier Ortiz


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