Understanding the reality of Juvenile Detention

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Understanding the reality of Juvenile Detention

If you are a parent who has a child who has been sentenced to juvenile detention, I know that you are afraid. You are afraid that your child is going to walk into this program, this jail, that you perceived to be a jail. It's not a jail. It's a detention center and there are two different thing there. I'll explain that in a moment. You are afraid that your child is going to walk into this bad place and they are going to come out worse. In reality, when they go into this place, they can come out worse because of the associations they create in that environment. That's why you have to work with your child. You have to work with the detention center and detention officer, to work as a team, to make sure your child does not get caught up into a new world of bad people. Those people that they are hanging out with in there, those are people who have made a mistake, and want to rehabilitate. Some of those kids have made mistakes and have a path that is going to lead to trouble as an adult. You want to make sure that your kid is hanging with the right group. That the counselors in there are helping him, because that is going to be the difference between a jail and a detention center. It is set up as a counseling system. It is set up as a way to help your kid grow and learn from their experience. That goes back to why it's kind of important that you didn't step up and say, "I'm going to do everything I can help this kid get out of trouble." They need to learn from the mistakes that they make. Sometimes, those mistakes are tough to learn, but the time to make them is now as a juvenile, instead of an adult.

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Lt. Joe Laramie

Former Police Lieutenant

In 2012 Lt. Joe Laramie (retired) formed Laramie Consulting, where he provides strategies and solutions for law enforcement and schools to address policy and training on a variety of technology and child exploration issues. He has 30 years of experience in the area of child protection, was certified Police Juvenile Specialist and taught D.A.R.E. for 15 years. From 2010-2011 he worked for the Missouri Attorney General as Adminstrator of Computer Forensics Lab, responsible for addressing online crimes against children, cyber bullying and human trafficking. In 2010, after 31 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant from the Glendale Police Department, where he was detached form 2003-2010 as Commander of the Missouri Interent Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. During his time with MO ICAC he served the National ICAC Task Force Program as liaison to Interent Safety Organizaitons such as Netsmartz, iKeepSafe, and Web Wise Kids, and was a member of the Executive Committee. He is a nationally known speaker on the topic of online crimes against children, technology safety, and cyber bullying. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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