13,000 children in prison...
right now in Mexico - with devastating effects on their lives. Kids who spend time in prison are twice as likely to drop out of school, use drugs and commit suicide compared to kids in alternative programs. In Mexico, three quarters of the children in prison are abused or beaten by officials, held in solitary confinement and shackled for days at a time. Many centers lack medical services, education, and even basic sanitation.
Children who have been imprisoned are the most likely to become criminals as adults. Many are recruited into gangs while in prison, increasing crime and exacerbating social insecurity—something countries like Mexico can ill-afford. Excessive juvenile detention doesn't make us safer.
Each Child Has A Story...
The fourth and final Video Blog from our Vision Trip to Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico. Blake and Tammi head back across the boarder.
Vision Trip Video Blog #3 – our initial reactions to the prison visit in Chihuahua, Chihuahua
We drove from Ciudad Juarez on the border with the United States, to the city of Chihuahua, the capital city of the state, in order to continue our Vision Trip. We meet with court officials, non-profits working with teens, and visited the detention center there.