The Juvenile Justice System Is Not a Hammer and Kids Are Not Nails

Johnny was arraigned for probation violation. He is 15 and of small stature. He was originally placed on probation for residential burglary — the party to a crime kind where misery likes company. His violations were technical — not a new crime. He is simply not complying with the rules of probation — specifically curfew, marijuana and failing to follow directions at the evening reporting center — our afterschool program designed to break-up the anti-social peer network.