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Ardath Whynacht's Justice Talk Discusses Struggling Youth and the Penal System

By: Alyson Wyers - Sep 20, 2014
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In her justice talk, professor Ardath Whynacht discusses how adult prisons are full of former youth we failed to properly care for years ago. The speaker works in Canadian prisons and shares the lessons she learned from teaching inmates. She believes in providing community-based mental health care and addiction services for young people as a preventative measure.

The justice talk cites several statistics regarding incarcerated criminals and rates of mental care and addiction. For example 80% struggle with addiction and for many, their addiction is the reason why they are in jail. Two thirds experienced persistent abuse but few received counselling. The speaker is concerned for the youth of today and the lack of services for them. She reasons why the government must invest in a justice system that takes healing seriously.