The people running the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center in Indiana's state capitol have been sexually abusing teenage girls (no boys have come forward yet) for years, some as young as 13. While the incumbent Republican prosecutor has issued warrants and investigated, it is painfully obvious that nothing substantive will be done. Employees of the department may be punished, some may even serve jail time, lose their jobs or pay a fine but, the key issue will never be addressed. Why is any 13 year old incarcerated by the government? Unless that child is a murderer, (unlikely) there is no compelling reason for them to be in jail. Truancy? Possession of drugs? Simple assault? Shoplifting? It is all too easy for the state and those who enable it, to do the easy thing and abandon a child to the "mercies" of imprisonment. What lesson have these children been taught by the state? That those in authority may do as they wish to you? That rape is state sanctioned? Or perhaps the lesson is that "the police are your friends"? Whatever the supposed lesson of teenage incarceration is the facts are that too many children end up in the hands of people just like the ones in this news story.
It is past time that the juvenile
The time has come when we must begin the dismantling of this system and replace it with something more sane and libertarian. For too long the people of this country have allowed the government to take retribution on its people and, especially our children. In the few instances where it has been used by intelligent officials and arbitrators we have seen that a system which stresses restitution will have better results than one based upon retribution and incarceration. And it will serve to keep kids out of the hands of the sexual predators in uniform.
Libertarian, Indianapolis, Police
Sexual Abuse, Indiana