Youth System Isn't Broken

Brief

Youth System Isn't Broken

February 14, 2005

Abstract

[Daily Oklahoman] Sending juveniles to adult prison is not guaranteed to reduce crime. Research shows that an aggressive system of juvenile treatment may prevent more crime than prosecuting youths as adults and giving them lengthy prison sentences. Criminalizing juvenile offenses may make us feel better because it sounds tough, but it doesn't make us safer and could undermine the constitutional foundations of juvenile law.

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