Prison Journalism Project editorial associate Arthur Longworth, who is himself a former foster child, speaks about how the system makes their wards feel like “prison is exactly where you were raised to be.”
Marybeth Queral, assistant secretary for juvenile rehabilitation at the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families, told Crosscut in 2019 that about 40% of young people incarcerated in the state’s juvenile rehabilitation facilities have experienced foster care, and nearly 80% of youth in the facilities have been the subject of Child Protective Services investigations.
For more information about the “state-raised working group” he founded at Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington, read Crosscut’s full story.
(Story by Arthur Longworth, production by Christopher Etienne and Cynematic Productions, and art by Sharon Adarlo)
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