Youth incarceration is a national epidemic; the issues associated with it are deeply rooted and systemic. Specifically, Los Angeles County has one of the highest youth incarceration rates in the country.
The drive up to Camp Fred Miller is a long, slow uphill trudge. You wind through the hills of Malibu, going higher and higher until the neighborhoods below you look like plots of land and grass nestled in the mouth of one giant valley. When you get to Camp Miller and step out of the car, you notice two things.
The American incarceration system has made it a point to imprison people, bar them from outside contact, isolate them from society and bunch them together to have “tea-parties”. Meanwhile, they fail to provide them with proper rehabilitation programs and a safe environment to foster development and change.
The Incarcerated Youth Tutorial Program (IYTP) at UCLA has been struggling with the new rules that prohibit volunteers under 21 years to attend a Juvenile Facility site in order to tutor inmates. On April 15, 2011, IYTP admin met with leaders of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. In this meeting, Los Angeles Probation Department granted IYTP several new privileges.
Religion plays a major role in the life of a prisoner. After being thrown into prison, many inmates turn to religion for faith, guidance, and support to help them get through their incarceration. The largest convert populations in prison are Muslims. Although the numbers of Muslims in United States prisoners are unknown, it is estimated…