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Juvenile escapes from Concord detention center

Posted April 10, 2011

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— A teen committed to a juvenile detention center in Concord escaped while on a home visit, the state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention stated in a news release Sunday.

The juvenile, identified only as "Jamaal L.," was last seen at 1511 Liberty St. in Durham around 10 p.m. Saturday.

He is originally from Wake County.

Anyone who sees Jamaal L. is asked to call police.


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  • matthew4 Apr 12, 2011

    I’m a juvenile justice advocate in Oregon. This story troubles me because it reflects problems with juvenile justice that threaten the public. I posted this video for those wanting to know more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPEOVD6aDRY

    If this kid was dangerous to himself or others, he shouldn’t have been granted a home visit. If he was not dangerous, he shouldn’t have been incarcerated and should have been rehabilitated, counseled, treated, and educated -- perhaps with home confinement or electronic monitoring as appropriate.

    Lockups should be used only for the ones who threaten society. Juvenile court is supposed to balance the needs of the offender and the public – both, not just one or the other. Nationwide, the average cost of juvenile detention is $70,000 per year, per kid. Let’s not waste tax dollars when we don’t need it.

    Either way, there was a mistake here. We shouldn’t lock up juveniles who aren’t dangerous, and we shouldn’t let out (even brief

  • cbengle1 Apr 11, 2011

    rickandlinda88, I couldn't have said it better. I would like to add...if he was tried and sentenced and sent to jail...why did anyone waste all that time for? No wonder the state if broke!They redo everything 10 darn times!!!

  • Wake1 Apr 11, 2011

    Poor Jamaal! Just can't get a break! I'm sure it is all a misunderstanding!!

  • allie19 Apr 11, 2011

    Another smart move by the "justice system." At least he is smart enough to know that he will fit right in in Durham.

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  • anonemoose Apr 11, 2011

    ""Juvenile escapes from Concord detention center""

    I thought he escaped from a home visit in Durham???

    So which is right WRAL?? Did you lie in the story or the headline???

    It's OK. The kids will be out of school at 2:30 and can proofread your stuff then.

  • Servent Apr 11, 2011

    "while on a home visit", This is where the behavior started.
    Why would they let him go back there during this peroid?

  • NoObamaCare Apr 11, 2011

    He will break the law, and get picked up an a new charge. Then he will be with the "Big Boys" in the Big House and not in a Juvenile
    Detention facility. Never ending cycle!