457. Mesabi Academy

Mesabi Academy in Minnesota operates like a private detention facility. They were in the media for not reporting possible abuse to the authorities. Instead they were aiming at legal action against the county in order to keep their business.

Private detention facilities are supposed to be punishment. However this kind of abuse was not written down by the judges who sent the juveniles to the facility. What the tax-payers get for their money is teenagers tormented by these possible acts of abuse which easy can lead them further into a line of crimes once they are released. Hunger Strikes among the teenagers are also seen.

It is cannot be fun to be there as a teenager (it shoudn’t but this is extreme.)

Sources:

  • Mesabi Academy staff probed over reported abuse (Mesabi Daily News)
  • MPR: Abuse cover-up at Buhl juvenile center (Minnesota Brown)
  • Boy treated during hunger strike at Mesabi Academy (Duluth News Tribune)
  • Private juvenile center conceals abuse inquiries and pressures county to keep its business deal (Minnesota Public Radio)
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