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Teach Your Children Well: Proposed Challenges to Inadequacies of Correctional Special Education for Juvenile Inmates

NCJ Number
NYU Review of Law & Social Change Volume: 34 Issue: 1 Dated: 2010 Pages: 1-53
Elizabeth Cate
Date Published
53 pages
This article explores the failure of States to provide special education to juveniles incarcerated in adult prisons.
Education for all children is an oft-repeated political tagline. While politicians claim to be committed to educating all children and States devote taxpayer dollars to improving public schools, education for an entire subclass of childrenthose with disabilities who are incarcerated in adult prisonsis suffering. These children, entitled to receive an individually tailored education equal to that of their nonincarcerated peers, rarely receive their legal due. This article examines this issue on a national level but focuses specifically on New York and Floridatwo of the three States with the most juveniles incarcerated as adultsas a microcosm for the broader scope of the problem. The article proposes various ways for advocates and policymakers to attack inadequate special education in prisons. (Published Abstract)