Lincoln Hills in Irma is a youth prison. However the conditions in the prison makes any punishment worse than the courts decided. The question is whether it is the courts or the prison employees who decide on how severe a punishment should be. In Wisconsin it is the prison employees. In the rest of the civilized world it is the courts.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager being the victim of punishments decided by a random prison ward.
2016 marked the second time a boy lost his life while he was forced to stay at Brookhaven Youth Ranch near Waco in Texas. The place is for teenagers courtordered by local juvenile courts but none of the punishment instated by the courts seem to include death penalty. Still two boys didn’t leave the ranch alive.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
Of course the minors detained at the youth prison in Darwin are convicted of crimes. Crimes are punished. However the treatment seems to be based on the opinion that these young people cannot be changed and guided in the right direction. It says a lot about the employment politics used in this area. Because if you believe that employees with the right qualifications cannot change the youth, you do not hire qualified people.
The costs of this prison could be put on better use using community based punishment combined with programs aimed at the underprivileged. Instead the local government has chosen a path which will hardened these young boys to become career criminals unable to readapt to the society.
Beside the waste of money it is safe to say that it is not a fun place to be as a teenager.