Stop throwing away the key on our Youth

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May 4, 2016 by socialaction2014

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Our criminal justice system in America tends to punish teenagers with lengthy periods of incarceration, which does nothing to address the issues that led to their transgression, but does much to exacerbate psychological conditions that would be better served through treatment and rehabilitation.

Examples of this include:

  • Locking up juveniles in detention facilities or prisons without rehabilitation later reverts to continued difficulties in adulthood leading to recidivism rates on the rise. A majority of juveniles locked up have a diagnosable mental illness that has never been treated; These children suffer from many disorders ranging from attention deficit disorder to more serious mental health problems such as delusions and paranoia. Many attempt to harm themselves due to feeling hopeless.
  • More than 70 million children are locked up in detention centers and that number is expected to rise to more than 80 million by the year 2020 according to reports by the…

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