Negative Effects On The Juvenile Justice System

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Negative Effects of Adolescents in Prisons
According to the article “Adolescents in Grown-Up Jails”, arresting young people and locking them up with adults in prisons causes more damage to a child than actually helping them become functional citizens in the long run. The article goes on about how “confining young people to adult jails and prisons are both counterproductive and inhumane” (New York Times, 2012). The article states how children whom are locked away “are more likely to be raped, battered or driven to suicide than young people who are handled through the juvenile justice system” ( New York Times, 2012). It is important that juveniles are handled through the juvenile justice system because of its focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment. The juvenile justice system is better suited to lessen the likelihood of abuse, child recidivism and lessen the negative effects associated with being in jail or prison. When young people are locked away in solitary confinement they return home often traumatized and become incapable of becoming a functional citizen (New York Times, 2012). This causes the likelihood to commit or recommit violent crimes and end up back in jail or prison (Beauchamp, 2013). In this case, juveniles should not be a part of the adult criminal justice system, especially solitary confinement for a variety of reasons.
First and foremost, youth are different than adults. According to an article conducted by the Human Rights Watch and the American…
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