Abuse claims plague juvenile detention

Abuse claims plague juvenile detention

There are 10 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 3, 2008, titled Abuse claims plague juvenile detention. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

More than 13,000 cruelty charges are made in four years, including in the isles STORY SUMMARY COLUMBIA, Miss.

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Love Waianae

Ewa Beach, HI

#1 Mar 3, 2008
While cruelty should not be tolerated, let's face it, these "children" are not little cherubs. More likely, They are our future prison inmates unless they see that jail is not a nice place. It's not easy to get into a dentention center, you really have to work at being a punk.
Concerned

Berkeley, CA

#2 Mar 3, 2008
Hawaii is the Aloha State, is it not? Is this merely a marketing strategy for the tourist industry only, or for everything that Hawaii represents? Some soul searching, perhaps, would be helpful. Hawaii must take a stance of zero tolerance for emotional & physical violence & abuse, & penal reform for the future of its children.
two

Silver Spring, MD

#3 Mar 3, 2008
Business as usual in the youth prisons in Hawaii. You go in as a misguided youth and you come out a hardened criminal. The state should be liable for messing up these kids for so many years.
KEVIN IN WAKIKI

Honolulu, HI

#4 Mar 3, 2008
THIS SHIT REALY HAPPENS I HAVE BEEN THARE IN HAWAII DONT ASK ME WHAT BUT IT WAS IN DH IN HAWAII AND I AM NOW 43 YEARS OF AGE.IN THOSE DAYS KICKING PUNCHING AND ALL THAT WAS OK FOR THE STAFF TO DO SOMETIMES IT WAS THE OLNY WAY TO GET US TO WISE UP BUT AT TIME THAY DID GO OVERBORD STAFF BUT THEN AT TIMES SO DID WE THE BOYS I COULD TELL YOU SOME STORYS BUY THE WAY HALI KIPPA TO
Imua

Honolulu, HI

#5 Mar 3, 2008
What do you expect from a State with individual departments (CPS, Attorney General's, etc.) who turn a blind eye to abuse that they are suppossed to be investigating and further preventing. Why do you think the keiki are being killed here. If you try to protect the keiki, they throw you in jail in the guise of abuse! What a sham. Expect more missing children, murders, attempted murders, etc. Where's Peter Kema...one flew over the overpass...choke 'em while dad calls the cops (lucky the girl didn't die - what a joke of a dad)...but this is today's complacent society...no gumption and too much reliance on a liberal state system! But that's the way this government likes things! I'm glad I'm leaving this socialist state in a few years!
I Agree

Honolulu, HI

#6 Mar 3, 2008
The state is responsible for this insane behavior of their staff. Our whole state is going in a downward spiral.
mows

Honolulu, HI

#7 Mar 3, 2008
Yeah if the kids don't like it then they shouldn't do things to get them there in the first place. Maybe more stories like this will scare kids straight. oh yeah what happened to that program anyway?
Honu

Honolulu, HI

#8 Mar 3, 2008
Its not the system that is the problem it is the people that work in the system that cause all the trouble. A lot of the people that work in this system don't care about what they do. I'm sure that if someone checked on the people that work for the Family Courts, they would be able to find all the people that are detrimental to the system. The real problem is that no one wants to find these people and hold them accountable for their actions and have them fired or prosecuted.
two

Silver Spring, MD

#9 Mar 3, 2008
Exactly, its the people that make the system bad and not the system itself but with so many bad people including in the system how can anyone expect it to get any better? A bad system only attracts more bad people.
amy

San Diego, CA

#10 Mar 3, 2008
It saddens me to see anyone write about children "choosing" to not go to Dh or to Koolau. And that if they don't like the abuse then they should "choose" to not be "bad". 99% of these children are runaway/homeless youth who have no other choice except living in an abusive home. These children are almost always the result of broken/abusive/addiction ridden families. These children are lost and the institutions are meant to redirect them on the right path. How dare anyone put the blame on these kids. THe adults in the article are disgusting and no different than pedophiles in some circumstances. The adult workers in these institutions take vows to guide these kids. To take care of them. Not to rape,beat, molest, and abuse them.

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