573. Columbia Training School
Columbia Training School closed in 2008. It was about 100 years too late because the treatment the girls received sounded more like something you could have found 100 years ago. Some of the offenses which resulted in the placement of the girls were not real offenses like truancy. Truancy is a school problem, not a student problem. If the school provide an interesting method of education none should punish the children for staying away.
Danish high schools have friday bars so the students can drink beer just to keep them in school.
Anyhow once placed at the reform school the teenage girls could be placed in shackles, isolation or forced to trade in sexual favors just to make life something to survive.
It could not have been a fun place to be.
- Columbia Training School Removes Last Girls (Jackson Free Press)
- Sex abuse, violence alleged at teen jails across U.S. (CNN)
- AP: 13K claims of abuse in juvenile detention since ’04 (USA Today)