“Sending someone to a prison without quality programs, mental health resources and opportunities to build skills is like putting a child on punishment without giving them an explanation. When you let that child off of punishment, they will do the same thing because you didn’t give them the tools they needed to correct their behavior. So you punish them again.”
Jy’Aire Smith-Pennick suffered multiple traumas before age 18. He masked his pain with Percocet, w**d and drug-selling. Now, at a Pennsylvania prison with the right programs, he’s finally starting to heal.