Kids need good influences | Letter

Regarding “Kids in King County Jail are punished harshly for pranks and sent to isolation, lawsuit contends,” by Sara Bernard (Nov. 3 Reporter)

Under the current conditions, the young inmates in King County jails will never gain the skills needed to reintegrate into society. Increasing the amount of time behind bars will rid the young inmates of any reason to behave. Insults from the correctional officers won’t help their mental state. Such abuse from their parents could be the reason they are behind bars in the first place. Constantly insulting a juvenile could reignite the rage that put them in their situation, rather than teach them how to be a kid again.

I would like to call for a reform of how the juvenile detention program is run. Kids are not the same as adults; their brain is not fully developed. Spending 23 hours behind bars gives a different meaning to life for kids than it does for adults. Kids see their life as over and will be easily molded by their surroundings. After all, it’s called a correctional facility for a reason.

What these kids need is the opportunity to be re-integrated into a public school with a few helping hands, surrounding the juvenile delinquents with law-abiding students opposed to surrounding them with aggressive correctional officers. Good influences would more effectively mold them into the kind of student they need to be. Kids have a sensitive brain, and it is the Regional Justice Center’s job to ensure that it isn’t being further tainted.

Nathan Coats

Sammamish

More in Letters to the Editor

Perspective on cycling support on the Eastside | Letter

Perspective on cycling support on the Eastside Imagine for a minute the… Continue reading

An appreciated public gesture | Letter

This is in response to “Art planned for Overlake Village to celebrate… Continue reading

Community weighs in on the election | Letter to the editor

Birney: a true community builder I first met Angela Birney in 2013,… Continue reading

Vote to re-elect Siri Bliesner | Letter

I am so grateful to have Siri Bliesner representing our children and… Continue reading

Birney walks the talk | Letter

Angela Birney is the best choice for Redmond mayor. I spent 11… Continue reading

Birney’s vision for community | Letter

Why do residents and community leaders across our region endorse Angela Birney… Continue reading

EvergreenHeatlh and the Great ShakeOut | Letter

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to drop, cover and hold… Continue reading

Fields is clear choice | Letter

Over the last several months, weeks, and days, I have been researching… Continue reading

Fields committed to Redmond | Letter

Thank you, Redmond Reporter for providing the Oct. 3 mayoral debate online… Continue reading

Fields puts people first | Letter

Redmond has a strong mayor system of government, which gives the choice… Continue reading

Vote for Bliesner | Letter

I am writing in support of Siri Bliesner for Position 5 on… Continue reading

Adopt, don’t shop | Letter

As two 16-year-old volunteers with Seattle Humane (SH), animal welfare has always… Continue reading