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Juvenile Detention Facilities and How They Fail Our Youth

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Brandon Boucher

on 7 December 2014

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Juvenile Detention Facilities and How They Fail Our Youth
People believe detention centers do more harm because...
Statistics and testimony show that a good percentage of youth are abused by either guards or peers.

Statistics show that youth have an incredibly high rate of re offending after being incarcerated in detention facilities.

Emotional and mental abuse or stress has devastating effects on the lives of youth who are incarcerated at a young age although some come in with issues not caused by incarceration.

Focus on rehabilitation instead of solely punishment has remarkable and proven effects.
People believe detention centers do more good because...
It gets "criminals" off of the streets.

Statistics and testimony show that criminals that are locked up are prevented from committing crimes against the general public.

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My Stance
I personally believe that youth are coming out of detention centers even worse off than before they went in. The statistics show that they are likely to be repeat offenders or suffer from some sort of emotional or mental deficiencies after incarceration.
Youth boot camps

Counseling instead of "cages"

More focus on education and educational settings

Separate non-violent and violent offenders

Positive reinforcement

Lead by demonstration - Focus on life skills

Additional Support
“…those who were in juvenile detention are 41 percentage points more likely than other children residing in the same community to be found in an adult correctional facility by age 25. …represents an increase in adult recidivism associated with juvenile incarceration of 67 percent compared to the mean.”

So, 67 percent of those who were incarcerated at a young age were back in jail by the age of 25. - Me

Aizer, Anna, and Joseph Doyle. "Juvenile Incarceration,
Human Capital and Future Crime.”
(2013): 21-22. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 24 June 2014. Web. 22 Nov. 2014.

Interesting Quote
“Such settings can be harmful to adolescents. Juveniles may face higher risks of rape, assault, and suicide when placed in adult prisons, although reliable statistics are lacking. Even in juvenile facilities, though, children may be victimized by staff members.” - David Murphey
Juvenile Detention
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