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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:24 PM
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Solving crime with that "vision thing"
Bringing vision to kids -- and the system

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But the experience came back to smack Lambert between the eyes when, as a Washington state legislator, she saw a study done in San Bernardino, Calif., that showed that more than 70 percent of the kids caught up in its juvenile justice system had some kind of vision problem.

After the young offenders and custodial cases were given glasses and tracked for one year, almost none returned to detention. Recidivism dropped to nearly nothing.

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Both self-professed Christians who care about kids, the two bonded over the issue. And, by the end of the flight, Jones had offered to conduct a pilot program -- paid for out of his own pocket -- at the King County Juvenile Detention Center.

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The result: Eighty percent of those tested had some kind of vision problem. Seventy-three percent needed glasses only while the others needed further vision evaluation. And, among all of those kids, only 5 percent had any idea that they had a problem with their sight.


The full article can be read at http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/paynter/290267_paynt30.ht...
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:26 PM
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1. Fascinating!
Thanks for posting.
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Nay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 04:41 PM
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2. Good heavens, don't they do eye testing in school anymore?
We used to get tested every year or so -- have they stopped that now, too? We're going to test to see if kids need psychotropic meds, but not test their eyesight? WTF is going on?
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