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Children in conflict with the law

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The Youth Facility As A Total Institution: A Focus On Experiences Of Mortification, Maria Virginia G. Aguliar Apr 2017

The Youth Facility As A Total Institution: A Focus On Experiences Of Mortification, Maria Virginia G. Aguliar

International Social Science Review

Despite the rehabilitative mandate of RA 9344 or the 2006 Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, the prevalence of children in conflict with the law (CICL) in the Philippines continues to escalate. This research argues that reform facilities housing apprehended CICL are crucial to their rehabilitation. However, facilities may be set-up as “total institutions” and hence, make problematic the reform of youth offenders. This ethnographic research examined the experiences of CICL admitted to a rehabilitation facility established by a local government in a Philippine city. Their accounts suggest that their situation as residents of this facility resemble that of inmates of ...