A Rare Look Inside Strickland Youth Center

A Rare Look Inside Strickland Youth Center

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Too often, teenagers are the ones committing crimes in our community. They are sent to Strickland Youth Center to serve time. While there, there is a group of people in place to help them, even though they may not think they need help. 

We're talking about detention officers. News Five talked to Marquita Erobu, who has been there for 25 years. She says Strickland Youth Center is definitely "jail." However, the guards feel the obligation to help rehabilitate the youth. "It takes a someone who is tough, but still compassionate. Teenagers are different. You have to be able to understand them. Their language is different. Their behavior is different."

Chief probation officer, Lawrence Battiste says ninety percent of the inmates at Strickland come from broken homes. "What you try to do is understand where they are coming from and try to provide a positive word for them. Chief Battiste adds his probation officers feel their job is a calling.

Right now, there are about 80 percent boys, and twenty percent girls at Strickland.

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