The Risks Juveniles Face When They Are Incarcerated With Adults

Despite the lessons of history, Congress stands poised to reunite adults and juveniles in the same prison system. The new juvenile justice legislation calls for the jailing juveniles with adult criminals, and would force states to transfer large numbers of young offenders to adult prisons in order to be eligible for federal funds. Child advocates, law enforcement officials, and criminologists have urged Congress to consider the destructive effects of placing youth in adult jails and prisons a substantial body of research shows that placing youth in adult institutions accentuates criminal behavior after release.


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