Jan 08, 2016 · The Steep Costs of Keeping Juveniles in Adult Prisons. Despite federal statues prohibiting it, many states imprison those under 18 alongside adults, where they are much more likely to suffer Author: Jessica Lahey.
Juveniles in Adult Prisons and Jails Foreword Since 1992, 45 states have passed or amended legislation making it easier to prosecute juveniles as adults. The result is that the number of youth un-der 18 confined in adult prisons has more than doubled in the past decade. This phenomenon is challenging the belief, enshrined in our justice system.
On any given day, around 10,000 juveniles are housed in adult jails and prisons – 7,500 in jails and 2,700 in prisons, respectively. Of the juveniles held in adult jails, most of them are awaiting trial, as 39 states permit or require that youth charged as adults be held in an adult jail before they are tried.
Some 10,000 children are housed in adult jails and prisons on any given day in America. Unquestionably, jailing children with adults needlessly puts young people at great risk. Children are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted in adult prisons than in juvenile facilities. Children are up.