Juvenile Should Not Be Put in Adult Prison

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Cases of juveniles being abused both physically and sexually as well as the suffering they endure in adult prisons have been rampant in the world today. Luck of proper facilities, information and law enforcement officers being left at their own discretion to decide on where to hold a minor when they are arrested have largely contributed to this problem. The question that everybody asks is how do you handle underage criminals who are a threat to public safety without exposing them to more harm? Statistics show that majority of the victims who commit suicides in jail are underage. As much as jails are meant to correct bad behaviors, there is a loophole when it comes to distinction between juvenile and adult jail. Many youths under the age of 18 find themselves on the wrong side of the law and spend some time in jail. Today, most police departments are not equipped with to hold underage offenders. According to U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), an average of 7,500 youths are incarcerated in adult jails and most victims of inmate sexual violence in jails are youth under the age of 18 (Berlatsky, 2010). Despite the life-altering consequences of incarceration in an adult jail, relatively little attention have been given to these youth (Berlatsky, 2010). On the other hand, the few police departments that have realized the agony youths undergo separate the young offenders from adults. The problem with this mode is, isolation causes the youths to suffer from emotional and physiological problems. On the other hand, another group of people argue that regardless of the offenders age, violent and habitual offenders need to be locked in to protect the public safety and provide appropriate level of punishment(Andrea & Nakaya, 2005.). it is also argued that it right to use the space available in local county jail and state prisons as needed.
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