Troubled youth need help to turn their lives around

August 15, 2012

Regarding your recent editorial on holding juvenile offenders in adult detention centers, here are some specific recommendations that might assist in salvaging the lives of some of these misguided youth ("A broken system", Aug. 7).

•Discipline and respect could be inculcated by engaging a local military reserve unit for drilling exercises, and eventually organizing the youth into military like groups to perform these exercises themselves.

•Community involvement to develop a positive attitude among residents could be strengthened by having juveniles choose to donate half their lunch or dinner each week to a local organization that serves the needy.

•For those who would like to obtain their high school diploma, arrangements could be made to enroll them in a local educational institution such as Towson State University or Morgan State University.

•Job seekers could be encouraged to find employment by joining a branch of the military or by becoming an employee of their juvenile home.

Quinton D. Thompson, Towson

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