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Sending juveniles to Spokane facility wrong for many reasons

Letter to the Editor


Moving the Omak juvenile detention facility to a psychiatric prison outside of Spokane disregards the needs of vulnerable Okanogan children in several ways:

• State laws mandate that these marginalized children remain in their communities whenever possible. We have a civic and legal responsibility to take care of our own children.

• Already at-risk children deserve a local therapeutic setting, rather than exposure to a maximum-security psychiatric prison system hours away. Reintegration is much more difficult when children are separated from family, probation officers, attorneys, and th...

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