One-size-fits-all justice simply isn't fair

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One-size-fits-all justice simply isn't fair

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[Christian Science Monitor] A recent Amnesty International USA report describes juvenile detention practices in many areas of the United States as abuses of human rights. Behind the physical and psychological traumas publicized by Amnesty International is a juvenile justice system that took a wrong turn when high rates of violent crime during the late 1980s and early 1990s prompted state lawmakers throughout the country to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather than searching for innovative solutions, legislators simply looked to the adult system for answers.

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