Editorial: Youth detention

POSTED: 07/15/13 12:06 PM

The concept of a youth detention facility that Justice Minister Dennis Richardson envisions sounds like the plan St. Maarten has been waiting for.

The minister’s approach could create a temporary solution in the mid-term and afterwards create additional capacity at the Pointe Blanche prison.

It is however the idea to keep very young delinquents entirely away from Pointe Blanche that deserves most of the kudos.

Finally there is a vision that does justice to the needs of young people that fall afoul of the law. They do not need to end up in what some attorneys have called the University of Crime; what they need is an environment where they are able to get their life back on track.

That facility is not there yet, but it deserves everybody’s support.

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