Community Health, Youth Voices
Nationwide, it’s rare for pepper spray to be used inside juvenile facilities, but some large California counties allow the chemical to be used by guards on incarcerated minors. Alameda is one of these counties. “I don’t really give much credence to the argument that kids in some states are so out of control that the staff have to use this kind of chemical restraint. [It teaches the lesson that] whoever controls the most force is the one who resolves the dispute. That’s the last lesson we want young people to learn.” Get the full report from Youth Radio.