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Lock 'Em Up With a Hug: Native Detention Programs Connect Youth to Community


The following is the final part of a three-part series looking at the past, present and future of the juvenile justice system in South Dakota and how it pertains to Native youth. This installment examines Native programs looking to reconnect youth with tribal communities rather than sending them to a state-run detention center.

Isolation and punishment mark the hierarchal system of America's juvenile justice system that regularly inflicts yet another painful wound upon Native youth. Rather than exclusion, bringing the youth back into the community is the goal of tribal nations in South Dakota.



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