Incarceration of Minors

Incarceration of Minors

by Martin Gitlin


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Approximately ten thousand children are imprisoned in adult correctional facilities in the United States on any given day. Children as young as thirteen have received life sentences in prisons far from their family and community, vulnerable to abuse and neglect. These are often the same conditions that led them there in the first place. What is the most effective method of dealing with youth offenders? Should they be tried as adults and incarcerated with adult prisoners? Is money better spent on education and rehabilitation? This resource tackles these difficult questions through diverse perspectives written by authorities on the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534505704
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2019
Series: Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints Series
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 What Is the Best Method for Rehabilitating Minors?

1 Alternatives to Incarceration Make Economic Sense Alex Piquero Laurence Steinberg 11

2 Minimizing Juvenile Delinquency Starts with a Strong Family Mayra Aguilera 17

3 The United States Incarcerates Juveniles at a Much Higher Rate than Other Nations Anna Aizer Joseph Doyle 22

4 Sweden Has a Radical Solution to Crime Erwin James 29

5 Low-Risk Offenders Should Have Minimal Contact with High-Risk Offenders Andrew Day 33

Chapter 2 What Are Minors Doing in Major Prisons?

1 More States Are Keeping Juveniles Out of the Adult System Caitlin Curley 40

2 Incarcerating Minors Is Detrimental to Public Health: Human Impact Partners 45

3 The Confinement of Juveniles with Adults May Be Unconstitutional Andrea Wood 52

4 Juvenile Detention Enables Criminals Shauneen Lambe 60

5 Instead of Locking Up Kids, Teach Them to Care for Their Community Shaena Fazal 64

Chapter 3 Does Age Matter?

1 Children Should Not Be Sentenced to Life Behind Bars Gretchen Gavett Sarah Childress 71

2 Raise the Age, Reduce Recidivism Teresa Wiltz 77

3 Teens Are Not the Same as Adults Lorelei Laird 84

4 Victim Rights Should Not Be Lost in the Juvenile Incarceration Debate: National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Murderers 92

5 At What Age Are We Responsible for Our Own Actions? Alan Greenblatt 100

Facts About the Incarceration of Minors 106

Organizations to Contact 109

For Further Reading 112

Index 116

Picture Credits 119

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