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Juvenile Delinquency
Police vs. the public

To the editor: After reflecting on almost 40 years in various aspects of the criminal justice system, including more than 15 years on the Juvenile Court bench, I think Father Gregory J. Boyle has identified the problem — the perception of those caught committing crimes or arrested by police as "bad guys" — and described it beautifully. ("The problem with good guys vs. bad guys policing," op-ed, April 30) Healing the traumatized and delivering mental health services are truly what is needed, and that means investing in our schools and developing a viable plan for helping people out of poverty and giving them hope. It means being proactive and responsive along...

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