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KyCIR: Detention common occurrence for Kentucky youth, even when they haven’t committed a crime

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Margie Beitz’s son had been gone nearly two weeks when she decided to file a court petition labeling him a runaway. She and her husband were blindsided by his anger. The youngest of five children, Isaiah despised rules in a way the others never did. Doctors and inpatient treatments were temporary fixes until insurance money ran out, and the...