What does the film "Sleepers" say about juvenile justice system and whats the impact of the community on them?be specific

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brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The film itself suggests that juvenile detention facilities are such that young people are sentenced and forgotten, with little monitoring and a large potential for physical and sexual abuse and exploitation.  It suggests that there is little emphasis on rehabilitation, but more so on punishment, and punishment for punishment's sake.

As far as the impact of the community on them, I'm not quite sure what you mean.  But it's clear in this story that the long term effects of the juveniles' detention followed them later into life and led some of them into crime and other abusive situations.

I was reminded of this movie recently when a judge in Pennsylvania was convicted of charging juveniles and sentencing them whether they were guilty or not, and sending them to a privately run juvenile facility where abuses occurred, in order to receive payment kickbacks from the private facility.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The film might be saying that there has to be some level of stronger oversight of juvenile detention facilities to ensure that the abuses portrayed in the film do not happen again.  When children are "sent away," they cannot be erased from public consciousness because, at some point, they will be reintroduced to the social order in which they have to have received a level of care and understanding that will allow them to become a member of society that can contribute to a level of success.  When there is no oversight of what can happen to children when they are in these facilities, not only are the scars present in them, but actions such as murder, violation of professional ethics, perjury, as well as inappropriate use of internal communication can become evident, all of which could threaten to destabilize the entire legal system.