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Juvenile Incarceration

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Aminah Orogi

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Juvenile Incarceration
On any given day, there are more than 90,000 youth in juvenile justice facilities across the country. With numbers this high, less consideration is put into the overall well being of these youth.
With lack of motivation to improve the juvenile delinquent system, the youth are put in with adults, or, not separated from other youth depending on the degree of their specific crime.
My lawyer didn’t help me much
Never told me anything
And I was just a kid back then
Barely even a teen

I’ve changed since then
I know I was wrong
But my sentence, my punishment
It doesn’t end – it’s lifelong

I wanna change the world
I want to help if I get out
But no one believes ‘the criminal’
All I get is scorn and doubt
-R.M. Shilpi

By Aminah Orogi
This may lead to:
Higher chance of carrying out more crimes as adults.
Lack of education.
Poor social skills.
Psychological Issues.
Works Cited
Notes Page (Journal)
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States spend about
$5.7 billion

each year
youth. The majority are held for nonviolent offenses and could be managed safely in the community.

facilities are at or over capacity or relying on some sort of makeshift beds to house additional youth.

As many as
percent of youth who were previously in residential placement facilities were
two years of their release.

The rate of juveniles behind bars has begun to raise in numbers as time passes. Because of this increasing rate, the funds that were once enough to keep a well maintained system is decreasing due to the fact that the income of funds cannot keep up with the income of youth being incarcerated. Now juveniles are at higher risk of being hurt because they are being put in adult prisons. This has happened because,
unfortunately, those protections have been seriously eroded since the early 1990’s, when states began sentencing more and more children to adult jails.

As suicide has sadly become a more common occurrence these days, it becomes more of an influence to those young minds behind bars who must obviously have some sort of psychological issues if they are in jail at a young age. Being put in jail with adults puts them at a
higher risk of being raped, battered, and or pushed to suicide.
This does not seem morally right. Some juveniles are there for a large range of reasons. It can go from stealing, breaking and entering, all the way up to murder. All of these youths being put in with adults because funds were not enough to keep them in a better place seems wrong.

It is in the progress of being fixed so that children who do the “not so harsh” crimes must only pay a fine and complete community services/counseling.
The new bill
has been improving these things. Jail holds you back from growing, something that is very important to be able to do as a youth.
“The process of being incarcerated tore apart the things of my life upon which I had been relying to give it meaning.”
Phil Horner said once when interviewed. If he can feel this way being incarcerated in his late forties, think of the impact it must have on someone much younger.

Me: Thank you for joining me today, Mr. Chuman. We’re very appreciative to have the opportunity to talk to you.
Chuman: Thank you for having me.
Me: So to start out this interview, I’ll begin with a pretty straight forward question. What would you personally say would be the first thing you would choose to change about the prison lifestyle that inmates are given?
Chuman: Well I think I can speak for most inmates when I say the Mr. Johnsons words are true. He says that most prisoners tell us in word and in deed that they secretly yearn for order, security and simple decency. This couldn't be truer, if we had these things a lot more of the other bad things wouldn't be such a big concern.
Me: Yes, I can see how those changes would make a better difference. What is life like on the inside compared to life on the outside?
Chuman: It’s pretty obvious that life on the outside would be the better place. Since being incarcerated, I have a new world now where life is cold and futile and earth is a sanctuary of sorrow. I don’t think I’ll ever adjust to this place, to this strange way of life.
Me: Although you receive mail and can have brief phone calls, do you often feel disconnected from the rest of the world? Has there ever been a time where you wish you could just have a casual conversation without needed special time or calls?
Chuman: It’s rather difficult having to adjust to the lack of communication. There are some circumstances where I, if given the chance, would like to say something to certain people but can’t because of where I am. I was devastated and disappointed that no one told my grandma that I was in prison.
Me: You want reforming and rehabilitation. How would you initiate this is today’s prisons?
Chuman: Main ways prisons keep profit is because of keeping costs down and keeping fewer salaries which affects life in prison. If they worked on putting more money towards programs, these things would become possible to do.
Me: Being a first-hand account in sexual assault what do you think should be done about inmates and the prevention of sexual assault?
Chuman: I believe many things should change to prevent this. Although the percentage of these events happening are low, they still happen. My solution was to alert the CO, but on second thought, I would be labeled as a snitch, and that is a dangerous label in prison—it follows you, makes your life miserable, and puts you in danger. But I also think that enough people know about these happenings, so people from the outside should work on improvingour system and make sure that it is set up in a way that assault of any kind cannot happen.
Me: I agree with you one-hundred percent, Mr. Chuman. Now to change our focus in another direction, do you think you were treated differently as a celebrity than someone who is not a celebrity who committed the same crime?
Chuman: I can see where the difference happens. When my inmates saw that I was on TV, they suddenly looked at me in a different way. I saw how both sides were viewed, which was very interesting. Instead of following the standard routine of forming a line and making their way out of the wing to show, a mob of inmates gathered in front of our cell, while others leaned against the rail to get a look at me.
Me: Well this seems to be all the time we have for today, Mr. Chuman. Again, thank you so much for the opportunity to meet with you and ask you some questions.
Me: Well this seems to be all the time we have for today, Mr. Chuman. Again, thank you so much for the opportunity to meet with you and ask you some questions.
Chuman: It was no problem at all, it’s nice to get out of the usual routine every once in a while.

The life in prison can be one that those who do not have a first-hand experience with find hard to grasp and fully understand. There are stereotypical events that we, as the outside people, hear about, yet do not comprehend the full effects. Meeting me today to help further our understanding is Mr. Laos Chuman.
“I’m still able to see…” is taken from William Van Poyck’s “Death Row Diary.”

“I am calm and very much at peace…” was quoted again from William Van Poyck’s “Death Row Diary”

“Patient is superficially…” is taken from p. 115 of William Van Poyck’s “Fake Identity” from Exiled Voices.
The scenario about Percy trying to persuade the nurse, including the quote “so you fooled him, you think?” is from p.113 of Exiled Voices, from William Van Poyck’s “Fake Identity”

“After they execute someone…” taken from William Van Poyck’s “Death Row Diary”

“I’d rather just go…” quoted from “Death Row Diary” by William Van Poyck.

Dear Journal,
William Van Poyck’s pieces really were quite sad to read, mostly his blog though. It’s sad to see people have no choice but to have their lives taken away from other humans. Yes, he was obviously in jail which portrays him as being a “bad person”, most people in there usually are. On the other hand though, it’s not our place to take life away, and reading his writing leading up to that day made me question how someone can seem so calm when death is around the corner.
I'm still able to see the beauty of this world, and value the kindness of the many beautiful souls who work tirelessly to make this a better place. I’m the type of person who tries seeing the good in everything and being grateful for what I have, but I know that if I were in Poyck’s shoes, I would be so depressed. But somehow, he is capable of still seeing the light in the world instead of just darkness. I am calm and very much at peace, Sis, so don't worry about my welfare down here on death watch. I also found it sweet how he wrote a blog for everyone but also referred directly to his sister to give her a sense of piece. Maybe it’s just me, but it was still something I noticed.

Journal (Continued)
Within the “Fake Identity” text, Poyck mentions at the end how the Percy character faked being sane to try to cover up his obvious issues of being paranoid and such. Patient is superficially persuasive…Prognosis: poor. How someone with so many psychological downfalls can come up with the idea of pretending to be sane, something that comes naturally to most others, was intriguing.
At the scene when Percy was trying to convince the nurse that he had not jumped off the sink, the nurse only brushed off what he was saying because she knew better. Even though he was caught in the lie, he still kept saying anything to try to get them to not give him the shot to calm him down. It’s like the more he tried to act sane, the crazier they thought he was. “So you fooled him, you think?” Percy goes on to say that he thinks he did fool the doctor, but he was sweating and freaking out while having that conversation.
I never really imagined the prison scene to be so accurate to how awful it is in the movies, I always thought they were over exaggerating. After they execute someone, they move the rest of us down one cell. As if being executed isn’t terrible itself, they have these human beings locked up and slowly move down each time they come closer to their death.

Journal (Continued)
I’d rather just go on June 12th and get this over with. Poyck did not say this because he was a psycho and wanted to die, he said it because he cared for his family too much to have them have to go through saying all of their goodbyes over again. It shows that he wasn’t some monster that deserved to have his life taken away. Whether you believe in God or not, either way we were not put on this earth to be in charge of who else is lucky enough to live on it. Even if an inmate is in jail due to killing someone else, just lock them up forever or something, doing the same thing back to them isn’t going to change what happened.
Notes Page (Interview)
“Most prisoners tell us…” is taken from Robert Johnson’s “Hard Time” on p. xvii-xviii of Exiled Voices.

“I was very devastated…” from Laos Chuman’s “Diary of a Lifetime in Blue. p. 132-133.

“Since being incarcerated…” from Laos Chuman’s “Diary of a Lifetime in Blue” on p. 121 in Exiled Voices.

“Main ways prisons…” is taken from Robert Johnson’s “Hard Time” on p. xii of Exiled Voices.

“My solution was…” p. 123 from Laos Chuman’s “Diary of a Lifetime in Blue” in Exiled Voices.

“Instead of following…” from Laos Chuman’s “Diary of a Lifetime in Blue” from Exiled Voices.

Notes Page (Editorial)
The quote, "unfortunately, those protections..." was taken from an editorial from the New York Times.

The quote, "higher risk of being" was taken from an editorial from the New York Times.

“The process of being..." was quoted by Phil Horner in
Exiled Voices.

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