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Playground to Prison

PLAYGROUND TO PRISON Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System Every year in the United States, an estimated 250,000 YOUTH are tried, sentenced, or incarcerated AS ADULTS. Most without a judge's decision or a judicial hearing 95% are charged with non-violent offenses PUBLIC OPINION 3 o4 Americans favor case-by-case determinations by juvenile court judges rather than automatic prosecution in adult criminal court. OUT OF In 23 states, children as young as 7 YEARS OLD can be prosecuted and tried in ADULT COURT. Americans favor setting a minimum age at which a youth can be prosecuted in adult court. PUBLIC OUT OPINION OF On any given night, 10,000 CHILDREN are held in adult jails and prisons . with more than 3 out of 4 aw√°iting trial: Americans favor keeping youth awaiting trial in youth facilities instead of adult jails. PUBLIC OUT OPINION OF In adult facilities, youth are frequently locked down 23 HOURS A DAY in small cells "for their own protection" with no natural light and with virtually no educational opportunities. Americans favor rehabilitation and treatment approaches, such as PUBLIC OPINION 9 OF T0 counseling, education, restitution and community services. OUT These services are not available to youth in the adult criminal justice system. MMAAAAMA African-American youth are Latino youth are 9 TIMES 4 TIMES more likely than white youth to receive an adult prison sentence for the same crime. Americans support requiring the juvenile justice system 3 OF 4 to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the system. PUBLIC OUT OPINION Youth sentenced as adults receive an ADULT CRIMINAL RECORD. They are often denied employment and educational opportunities and can be barred from receiving student financial aid. PUBLIC OPINION Americans believe that most youth who commit crimes are capable of positive growth and have the potential to change OUT OF CAMPAIGN FOR YOUTH +JUSTICE TAKE ACTION

Playground to Prison

shared by jasonkillinger on Oct 01
Shocking statistics about the number of youth in the adult criminal justice system.


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