Spokane County, Washington has been providing education to incarcerated youth for 35 years. During the last school year, nearly 2,500 kids received at least part of their education through programs designed to help kids who are either in jail or have home-monitoring restrictions.
In staff writer Jody Lawrence-Turner’s report on the programs in July 19’s edition of the Spokesman-Review, she quoted appreciative adolescents who seemed to recognize and value the opportunity they were being given. “This made me realize I don’t have to live like that,’ said one teen whose parents are both in prison.”
Those are reassuring words from a young person who’s already started down a criminal and self-destructive path. They are proof that “bad” kids can turn their lives around if we’re willing to invest the time and money necessary to help them do so.