Juvenile Incarceration And Its Effect On Children Essay

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In the United States, 13 and 14 year-old children prosecuted as adults, have been and
Continued to be sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of getting parole. A study by the Equal Justice Initiative has documented 73 cases which children 13 and 14 years of age have been condemned to die in prison . The majority lack legal representation and in many cases the propriety and constitutionality of their extreme sentences have never been reviewed . Most sentences imposed on these children were mandatory. Meaning the court could not give any consideration to the child’s age or life history. Some children were charged with crimes that did not involve homicide or injury, many of them were convicted for offenses where older teenagers or adults were involved and primarily responsible for the crime. Nearly two thirds are children of color. Young children are different from older teens for example, unlike older teenagers, 14 year-old in most states can’t get married without permission or obtain a driver’s licence . The law states that they must attend school and limits the hours they can work in after-school jobs. The law treats young adolescents differently because they are different. Doing this research scientists now have this state of the art imaging technology, and revealed that adolescents brains are automatically undeveloped in parts of the cerebrum associated with with impulse control, regulation of emotions, risk assessment, and moral…

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