Re: Crime Prevention Merit Badge Requirement
Mark Ranzenberger (ranzenberger@HDTINFO.COM)
Thu, 2 Apr 1998 19:55:07 +0000
I've not heard of restricting visits to people 18 or over. In Huron
County, Michigan, the sheriff is happy to show his jail to anyone. Tours
are available as long as they are set up in advance. The visitors don't
get to gawk at the inmates, but do have a chance to see an empty cell --
if there is one.
I've also taken young people on tours of the Midland County, Michigan,
Jail, and the Saginaw Correctional Facility in Freeland, Mich. Again,
you don't get to see the people in jail, but you do see the facilities,
the lockups, "the hole" and so on. I've taken my son through these
places, and it made a heck of an impression.
In Midland County, Michigan, the local juvenile court judge has figured
out that one way to keep youngsters out of the juvenile detention center
is to encourage families, teachers and youth groups to visit detention
facility -- and be able to walk out when they want to.
SM, Troop 582
Harbor Beach, Mich
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