Editorial: Juvenile justice Jailing youths as adults adds to woes

Common sense is not so common.  “….Mixing youths with adults, especially without schooling and rehabilitation, can produce ill-educated, hardened criminals just waiting to happen. It leads to a documented cycle of recidivism, usually beginning soon after the youth’s release. It’s best to head off that cycle when a youth first enters the system…..The Bureau of Justice Statistics says roughly 5,600 were so incarcerated at any one time in 2010. Make no mistake: Many of these are dangerous thugs in the making……”

See full editorial at: Editorial: Juvenile justice Jailing youths as adults adds to woes

However, it gets better. This is what we knew in 2001 and was reported in the Miami Herald “…..The DOC logged 362 assault complaints involving juvenile victims in the five-year period — one for every two juvenile inmates. Among adults, there was one complaint for every seven adult inmates. The alleged attackers included adults, corrections officers, juveniles and visitors.

After inquiries from The Herald, the prison system conducted its own analysis of abuse complaints and came to generally similar results. But the department noted that its analysis showed that adult-on-adult cases were of a serious nature more often than adult-on-juvenile assaults.

A December audit by Florida’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability reported that, overall, inmate-on-inmate batteries were up 39 percent last year, and inmate batteries against staff up 7 percent. “Violence within the prisons is on the rise,” it found.

Children in the adult prison system are nearly 21 times as likely to be assaulted or injured as teens in Department of Juvenile Justice facilities

Authorities logged one assault complaint for every two youthful DOC inmates, but one such complaint for every 35 youths in juvenile facilities…….”

This comes from a special study done by the Miami Herald in 2001: Part 1: Tried as adults,
they find trouble instead of help and rehabilitation
 and Part 2: Young Inmates Report
Highest Rate of Assault

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