Originally Published: January 30, 2016 6 a.m.
In reading your recent report "Six hurt in Juvenile Detention Center Riot" (Jan. 19), I was surprised that you would refer to an incident involving three juveniles as a "riot" and the juveniles as "inmates." Those words conjure up a mass uprising among them "convicts behind bars." All of which did not occur by your own reporting. The headline and your words got my attention but it missed the mark in accuracy and left an image of our Juvenile Detention Center in turmoil and unrest.
As a volunteer with Juvenile Court Services since 2010, I have had the opportunity to mentor and teach youth who are detained and work alongside the dedicated JCS staff. Their mission is to "Influence Positive Change" and they see all these young people as kids at hope, no exceptions. I would encourage everyone in the community to take a tour of the detention facility, get involved as a volunteer and/or participate in the Juvenile Court Institute offered yearly to get to know what is truly happening in our town - in our county. Don't rely on a simplistic headline to make your judgment. If "it takes a village to raise a child," then it behooves all of us to educate ourselves, to get involved.
The next Juvenile Court Institute begins March 24 through May 26, in Prescott. Call the center to sign up, as space is limited.
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