JUVENILE JUSTICE MUST BE MORE THAN PUNISHMENT
Youthful Offenders are often the victims of abuse, neglect, and trauma.
Childhood abuse and neglect is the most damaging trauma, and if these youth’s own losses are not recognized and addressed, and as a self-protective mechanism they become numb to their own losses, then they can feel nothing for the losses of others.
Destructive anger and rage typically derive from a history of witnessing or suffering violence.
- Many youthful offenders need intensive treatment
- Many youthful offenders are resistant to traditional mental health services
- Self-Serving attitudes, values, and beliefs that neutralize and minimize their aggressive behaviors
- Lack of empathy and normal feelings for others/property
- Extreme Narcissism
- Impulsive behaviors
As experts in residential treatment, PYI can advise and consult with probation departments about incorporating therapeutic programming as an integral part of juvenile incarceration and/or placement.