The Facts of Juvenile Justice

Posted: December 15, 2013 in Juvenile Justice
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  1. Incarcerating minors alongside adults is an idea that anyone would oppose–most people wouldn’t even realize that this occurs. That’s why it’s so important to heighten public awareness and present the facts. Facts and statistics do not lie. There are the politics behind public policy. That can be argued about, but very few would argue that juvenile offenders and adult be locked up in adult jails.

    • David Chura says:

      Indeed. One of the major problems in getting any reform to the juvenile justice system is that the abuses and dangers that young people in adult prisons live with are invisible to the majority of people. I agree about the numbers saying a lot. But along with the numbers we all have to realize that each number is a real, live, individual child who has in some way been let down by our systems.

  2. No child should ever be placed in a cell with adults. It may seem extreme but I don’t think ANY person in jail should have access to anyone else. That would cut down on inmates abusing or killing each other. But what do I know.

    • David Chura says:

      There is a lot of wisdom and understanding of human nature, not to mention just plain common sense: kids should not be housed anywhere that there are adult inmates. I’m not saying that all adult inmates are predators. In my work in an adult jail that did house youth there were some adults who were genuinely concerned that young offenders not ending up “like them.” The fact is that no adult prison is set up to meet the many needs of teenagers.

  3. Jeff Nguyen says:

    Out of sight, out of mind…

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