June 17, 2008

Murray Waas has an incredible story up about the horror that is known as Bush cronyism from the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

J. Robert Flores, the administrator of OJJDP has cut funding for the training of corrections officers to prevent the physical and sexual abuse of incarcerated children. He has cut funds for a program to counsel rape victims that had been praised by President Bush. He has cut funds to prevent the incarceration of mentally ill or mentally retarded children. And he has cut funding for programs to prevent the suicide of gay and lesbian children.

Isn't it interesting that Bill Bennett's wife gets a nice taste of cash out of this haul instead of it going to help teens stay out of prison :

The consequences to children were devastating. When incarcerated with adults, children are subjected to physical and sexual assaults, raped, and even murdered. According to the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, for the year 2005, 21% of sexual assault victims in jails were juveniles even though kids only constitute less than 1% of the nation’s incarcerated population ...read on

And Murray says: "Tomorrow morning, Flores will be questioned under oath about all of this before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform." He's got a lot more on the story...

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