Harsh Words for Kentucky’s JJ Commisioner

The Kentucky Courier-Journal has some harsh words for Juvenile Justice Department commissioner Bridget Skaggs Brown in Saturday’s lead editorial. Brown and her team took a hit on September 5 when a circuit court judge ordered the department to revamp its system for classifying juvenile sex offenders. As I explained earlier in the week, the judge found that the program has adopted a one-size-fits-all approach that scoots all sex offenders into long-term treatment, often far from home, regardless of the severity of their offense or their mental capacity to rehabilitate. The paper writes that Brown and her staff “should be embarrassed that they didn’t understand something so elemental: that juveniles who have mental retardation and have committed a sex offense will not benefit from being treated in programs that rely on cognitive therapy.” It goes on to recommend that Brown, a former police officer, call in some experts to help her sort out her mess rather than wait to see them in court. Touché!

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