Nearly Three-Quarters of Youth Behind Bars Suffer from Mental Health Issues

Most kids entering juvenile detention have been disadvantaged by poverty and lack of resources, and more than 70% have mental health disorders that often go unseen and untreated, experts say.

Mental health resources vary widely among states and often fail to treat underlying issues said Charlene Taylor, a senior researcher for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, a nonprofit that researches and supports nationwide juvenile justice reforms.

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