Brief Youth System Isn't Broken
Jeffrey A. Butts
Display Date
Download Report
(80.08 KB)

[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.
Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Children and youth
Tags Corrections Juvenile justice Delinquency and crime Youth development