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Using the arts as a way to heal and transform is the theme of an exhibit at Boston's federal courthouse. The artists are children who have been involved with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS), the agency that handles youngsters charged with crimes.

At a recent reception of the artists and DYS officials, 17-year-old Ricky Brown was among the young people proudly describing his work. He helped paint a mural that covers the entire wall of a DYS district office in Springfield. He says it sends a message about kids in the juvenile justice system.

"It brightens up the whole building," Brown said. "It makes sure to say that we're not only there to get locked up. It's there to let people know that we do work together, we do do something positive."

"It keeps me out of trouble. It brightens my mind and it brightens up the world."

Ricky Brown, 17, muralist

"The Arts and Juvenile Justice" exhibit will be on display at the Harborpark entrance of the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston until March 30.

This program aired on March 2, 2012.

Deborah Becker Twitter Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.


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