Lost amid last week's allegations of abuse and mistreatment in St. Louis City jails
, was a bit of good news about an area correction's program.
On Friday the New York Times
published a glowing article
on the so-called "Missouri Model" of juvenile justice that stresses rehabilitation in small groups with minimal force and routine therapeutic interventions
paid particular attention to Missouri Hills
, a facility outside St. Louis that features no barbed-wire or other trappings of traditional prisons. Instead, children live in cottage-style dormitories in a wooded setting outside St. Louis
Under this model, Missouri's juvenile recidivism rate has dropped to one of the lowest in the nation -- declining from 31 percent to 25 percent.
Click here to see a .pdf document
with photos comparing Missouri's juvenile centers to those in Illinois. The difference is glaring.