The Digital Journalist
© Steve Liss
"No Place for Children: Voices From Juvenile Detention"

A 14-year-old inmate at the Webb County Juvenile Detention Center. This young woman has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, yet this is her fourth visit to juvenile detention.

Virtually all of these children are substance abusers, and, according to the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, anywhere from 50 to 75 percent of them have some form of diagnosable mental illness. But juvenile detention was never designed to meet the treatment needs of kids with psychological and drug problems. Between 2001 and 2003, the Texas legislature, for instance, eliminated almost all mental health benefits from the Children's Health Insurance Program for juveniles who have passed through local probation programs.