Untreated traumas in arrested juveniles linger 15 years past incarceration, study finds
Michael Penny, from left, Willie Hobson and Renaldo Hudson, three formerly incarcerated men, are pictured April 21, 2021. - E. Jason Wambsgans/TNS

CHICAGO – Michael Penny, 60, had his first run-in with police at age 11 after he broke into a car near the old Chicago Stadium. He said police “beat him up, tossed him around and left him in the dirt.” Willie Hobson, now 69, was 10 or 11 when, he said, police handcuffed him and beat him in a patrol car on the way to the police station after he was hanging out with the “wrong crowd” on the West Side. Research over the years has shown that the more often children are stopped by police officers, the more likely they are to report emotional trauma, and that police encounters with boys tend to incr...