@JimmyT - Wow I never realized how much tax money goes into sending young adolescents to juvenile detention.
I have always thought that juvenile detention does not have a very high success rate because of the numerous drop outs that occur by the students before they graduate.
I live in Illinois and you can drop out of school when you turn seventeen. From my experience with many of these students they are simply waiting until they turn seventeen so they can drop out of school. If they are not forced for some reason by the courts stay at juvenile detention then they are free to go and they do not receive the education that they need. They also, in reality, become a waste of tax payer money as they are only there to wait it out until they can drop out.
I wonder if it is legal for states to make requirements for students that are sent to juvenile hall to stay there for a certain amount of time. There may be and there may be a problem with when they turn eighteen and officially become an adult, but then again this can be a very touchy subject and something that requires attention from everyone, especially those that fund these programs and the state legislators.