Dr. Miller, shown here in 1995, was a nationally known advocate for the overhaul of juvenile justice. (Frank Johnston/The Washington Post)
By EMILY LANGER, The Washington Post, August 15, 2015
When Jerome G. Miller arrived in Massachusetts in 1969 to lead an overhaul of the state’s reformatories for juvenile delinquents, young people incarcerated in the facilities, also known as training schools, were routinely gagged and bound.
In other cases, they were stripped of their clothing and placed in cells. There were reports that the youths drank from toilets and that corrections officers ordered them to kneel on pencils or strapped them to beds and beat the soles of their feet. One young man hanged himself.
“Training schools are so bad that the average kid would be better on the street,” Dr. Miller told Time magazine in 1972.
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