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This chapter highlights the importance of paying attention to behavior and working through mental health with inmates. I work at a juvenile detention center and mental health is extremely important and part of the treatment plan for every inmate. They will do things that seem irrational, but there are mental reasons behind their actions. There are a handful of kids that will fight and act out until they are restrained because the restrain makes them feel safe and able to talk. Acting like this is the only way they feel comfortable to open up. Other times they will self harm or throw objects in the room like chairs to act out until they are given an emergency therapy session. Each day the kids have a therapy circle and have to say why they behaved the way they did that day. I think this is helpful to talk through their actions and make them aware of how to be more appropriate so they can be productive citizens when or if they get out of the criminal justice system. Having therapy and or talking through their actions every day holds them accountable and when the kids see their actions in writing, they often come to the realization that they were not acting right. I think it is important for the healing process for the kids to talk through their pasts that led them to be detained so young. If their mental health or the mental health of any imprisoned person was ignored, a cycle of incarceration will follow. They are there to be reformed and that starts with mental help.

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