Should Juveniles Be Sent To Adult Prisons

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Juveniles Incarcerated with Adults
Sara Kruzan was sixteen years old when she shot and killed thirty-six year old George Gilbert Howard (Sara). She was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in adult prison without the possibility of parole. Sara was the victim of sex trafficking and George Gilbert Howard was her long time pimp and sexual abuser. However, this information was not taken into consideration when her fate was decided. Sara, just like hundreds of other juveniles, was unfairly sentenced to adult prison. Her horrific story shows how the Department of Justice has failed juveniles time and time again. The United States Department of Justice has failed to acknowledge extensive scientific research that proves the distinct psychological differences between juvenile and adult minds
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She served nineteen years in Central California Women’s Facility until she was granted clemency by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and released on parole. Sara’s story turned out well in the end, but not all juvenile prisoners are as lucky. This is why juveniles should not be sent to adult prison facilities. It is detrimental to their health, it is unethical, and it is not cost efficient. Now that we have examined all the reasons why juveniles should not be sent to adult prison facilities it is evident that drastic renovations of current protocols should be enacted. Juveniles suffer dreadfully in adult prison facilities, but they are not the only ones that suffer. Our whole society suffers when youth are imprisoned. It is our responsibility to not turn away from this pressing issue, but instead face it head on. It is of the utmost importance that we come together as one country, one community, and one people to protect the lives of those who cannot protect themselves. If we do not address the problems of the justice system we will forever be immersed in an angry society that is full of lost
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