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The Importance Of Failure Of Youth Prison

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Every Youth Prison in the Country Should Be Closed It is difficult to find an area of United States policy where the benefits and costs are more out of balance, where the evidence of failure is clearer, or where we know with more clarity what we should be doing differently. These are the harsh realities of our current youth prison institutions throughout the Unites States. According to the article “Every Youth Prison in the Country Should Be Closed”, by The Crime Report, the failure of youth prisons to rehabilitate young people or protect public safety flows from inherent faults in a system essentially modeled on adult-styled facilities that focus on imprisonment and control. It is no surprise that our justice system faces many problems and…show more content…
It has demanded enormous financial costs on society with poor return on these investments. These types of youth prisons must be funded somehow, and the taxpayers are feeling the wrath of these costly facilities. The United States rate of youth incarceration has data proving that it has far exceed those of other countries. These prisons intensify many of the factors that brought them to the attention of the courts in the first place. The snowball effect of youth offenders continues to grow, leading youth to have a higher chance of finding themselves intermingled in the system throughout their adult lives as…show more content…
An alternative to channeling youth into a lifetime of criminal behavior by taking into account the different developmental needs of youth and the interests of society should remain the priority. Retaining youth in prisons will actually harm the public as opposed to if youth were placed in more community-based programs or smaller facilities near the youth’s community. When adolescence are placed in prison, their chances of avoiding the system later in life decrease drastically. Youth become subject to becoming repeat offenders. In a study conducted by Anna Aizer of Brown University and Joseph Doyle, Jr. of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, they were able to pinpoint the effects of adolescents who found themselves in youth prisons. Youth who were incarcerated were less likely to finish their education and more likely to become repeat offenders committing homicide, violent crime, property crime and drug crimes. Adolescence will find themselves stuck in this ‘revolving door’ in the justice system, which may be exceptionally challenging to get out
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