Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center

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BASICS: MJTC is on a historic native American encampment on Lake Mendota, WI. Average stay here is 8 months. It houses 29 individuals at a time and is always at full capacity. The units are for emotionally and mentally disturbed juveniles, some of which are self-abusive or suicidal. Kids are here not for the severity of their crime but for their failure to institutionalize their behavior. Kids must be released at age 18, sometimes with no transition options available to them. The facility operates on a basis of treatment and punishment when needed. Trap in door for security and meals.

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