What's the alternative to locking up juveniles? More parental involvement

Regarding Catherine Pugh's recent letter about Maryland's youth detention centers, I agree that there are alternatives to our current policies ("There are alternatives to locking up juveniles," June 4). I have a real good one: It's called "parental involvement."

In this scenario, the parents of juveniles are involved with their children and provide them with love, affection, direction, insight and discipline.

I know that this is a radical proposal in that it doesn't place responsibility for juvenile misbehavior on society, or on the government, the school system or some other convenient scapegoat.

But it just might work.

Jim Jagielski, Forest Hill

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