Reforming Juveniles

1620 Words 7 Pages
This is showing that many children who are sent to prison under harsh conditions often leave the prison with motives to commit another more dangerous crime. In 2010, 16 year-old, Kalief Browder, was sent to Riker’s Island Prison in New York City for being accused of stealing a backpack. He waited for trial in jail for three years, and two years in solitary confinement. He was later released in 2014 and committed suicide a year later (Lyons 750). Browder was one of many children who are sent to prison for crimes they have not committed. Browder was a colored boy who was walking home with his friend after a party when a police squad surrounded the boys, the policemen searched the boys, but did not find anything. The officers went back to their …show more content…
Juvenile advocates had the idea of starting community programs in order to test if these children change from their punishment better than those that are in correction facilities (Lyons 758). Many of these children were found to have better attitudes than the juveniles who have been sentenced to prison or jail. Programs such as “positive youth development” or “restorative justice” programs are used to help children reform themselves, and also stay active in their communities. These programs are in their homes and communities; they enable the juveniles to work with the community to reform their trust, and also so they are able to get back to their lives as normal as possible. Also, these programs require the children be more involved with their schools, while getting therapy for themselves and their families. These programs also allow the victim to help decide how the juvenile should be punished. Allowing these children to remain in their community and reform themselves, helps them by having many supervisors and also to help them with being less aggressive, unlike those children who are sentenced to prison or jail. Keeping these children out of detention centers also reduces the risk of abuse to these children (Lyons 758). This is the best solution, because …show more content…
Since 1825, the juvenile justice system has changed dramatically, from banning the death sentences for all juvenile crimes to charging juveniles as adults. Many of these children are committing these crimes due to abuse or neglect from their family or friends that caused them to be mentally and emotionally unstable. Some children that go to adult prisons or are in solitary confinement are abused by officers or other inmates. The best way to help these children is to keep them from being entered into detention facilities, but help them through the communities and put them in programs that will allow them to seek help and rehabilitation through their friends and family rather than through punishment. Children in the justice system are suffering from mental illness, abuse, and also suicide due to the harsh sentencing of the justice system. The justice system is not doing enough to ensure justice for these juveniles; that is why the communities need to get involved. Anyone can help take part in reforming the juvenile justice system. To help, people just have to help fight the sentencing of juveniles and show that these children can change and can be rehabilitated. These children need a community that supports them and is willing to help them fix their actions by helping in their

Related Documents