Essay Youth Incarceration And Its Effects

1139 Words Apr 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Our country faces multiple problems that are all at different levels. Some are more important than others and affect everyone differently. One of the problems in our country is youth incarceration. Youth Incarceration needs to be reconfigured into a positive changing experience for troubled teens instead of a horrible time that effects the reason of their lives in a negative way. Youth incarceration is when a young adult younger than eighteen is sentenced to serve a certain amount of time in a detention facility or an adult prison if the crime is big enough for that form of punishment. Nearly 55,000 young persons were detained in residential placements in 2013 (Child Trends, 2015). People tend to ignore youth incarceration because they view the children being sentenced to be undisciplined angry teens. Most teens that are being sentenced are males or racial/ ethnic minorities. When teens are being sentenced they are still developing mentally, physically, and emotionally. A person’s brain is not fully developed until the age of thirty-five. They do not truly know who they are or what they want in their lives. This is why the judicial system tries to treat young adults that commit crimes different than adults. Following a rise in juvenile crime in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the judicial system led to an increase in the number of children being tried as adults and being committed to adult facilities. These settings can be harmful to adolescents (Child Trends, 2015). A…

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