Sending Juveniles to Adult Jails

Sending Juveniles to Adult Jails

SendingJuveniles to Adult Jails

SendingJuveniles to Adult Jails

Itis common to experience juveniles sent to adult jails. Juveniles areminors who have not attained an adult age to be put in prisons. Theyoften have their own separate correction facilities rather than jailsmeant for adults. Sending juveniles to adult prisons has negativeconsequences because adult jails are violent for them.

Juvenilesare different from adults in many aspects, so they are not supposedto be jailed in adult prisons. For example, the Supreme Court hassuggested that young offenders below 18 years are irresponsible,immature, and adaptable to change (Scott, 2012). This means that theymay cause chaos in prison where they receive violent response fromadults.

Youngprisoners are also susceptible to danger in prisons than adultsbecause they can be influenced easily. With the idea that they willbe spending more of their lives in isolation from society makes themto seek protection in the new environment (Scott, 2012). In thiscase, they can be influenced negatively to try new things which candestroy them.

Thisaspect of negative influence also leads kids who are put in adultjails to become more likely to reoffend. For example, a study byAizer and Doyle from Brown University and Massachusetts Universityrespectively carried out a study on juvenile imprisonment and foundout that 67% of children who have been sent to adult prison arelikely to go back to prison again (Muntingh &amp Ballard, 2013).

Fromthese points, it is clear that sending juveniles to adult prisons hasnegative consequences. Young offenders are irresponsible, and can beinfluenced negatively to cause trouble, and eventually becomingvictims of violence in prison. Children sent to adult jails are alsolikely to reoffend and go back to prison again.

ReferencesList

Muntingh,L., &amp Ballard, C. (2013). Are the rights of children paramount inprison legislation? SouthAfrican Journal of Criminal Justice, 26(3),337-353.

Scott,G. (2012). Prison Is Too Violent for Young Offenders. TheNew York Times,Accessed September 20, 2915 fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/06/05/when-to-punish-a-young-offender-and-when-to-rehabilitate/prison-is-too-violent-for-young-offenders.