Playground to Prison: Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System [infographic]

December 9, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, Government
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Alright. Time to get serious again. Today’s infographic tells about a topic I have recently been incredibly intrigued by. Juveniles in the adult prison system. It’s an issue a lot of people do not know much about, but it affects society on a HUGE level. Seriously, though.

Almost everyone breaks the law in one way or another—especially when in the years of our infamous teenage rebellions. The problem is when a kid gets put in the adult criminal justice system, even for “minimal” crimes, the effects on their lives are usually not beneficial. The lack of rehabilitation and therapy in the prison system might be to be blame with a shockingly high recidivism rate among juveniles (and adults).

I am training to be a social worker, and although I do not wish to work within the prisons, I want to promote reform of the prison system. It is much needed, with study after study showing that the methods in practice do not work. For those of you who are interested, I put a video about some of the issues that a professor at UT addresses directly under the infographic. It is very educational.

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Playground to Prison: Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System

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  • justApoint

    To sum this up, kids as young as 7 are locked up for 23 hours a day in small cells in adult prisons. They cannot get educational opportunities while in jail, are unlikely to receive student aid after leaving and can be discriminated against while looking for jobs. Minorities are much more likely to be sentenced and a majority of the country opposes this.

    That is depressing

  • JoTimmJo

    The US kangaroo court system is a JOKE. Its a money making machine, nothing else.

    http://www.GotzAnon.tk

  • Guin

    Cool, let’s lock up all kids, from the day they are born, until they are 40. Then they can be free to break a law and go back to prison!

  • colleenamareena

    Lost Boys by James Garbarino is a great look into youth crime, and ways to prevent and rehabilitate it. In children, punishment is rarely the best choice–which is often hard for us to accept.

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