Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Juvenile Incarceration Costly and Ineffective, Study Says

Via Scoop.itJuvenile Defendants

Study shows that incarcerating juveniles is not as effective at combating juvenile crimes as first thought. November 23, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ — Fervent debates continue over how states should rehabilitate juveniles convicted of crimes. Some believe that exposing kids to the rigors of prison life will help them understand the gravity of their actions and prevent future juvenile crime. Others maintain that jailing kids does nothing to deter crime and only advances the likelihood that they will be criminals as adults. Further, they believe that children are more likely to be abused while in confinement. A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation exemplifies these concerns. Entitled, “No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration,” the report incorporates a number of findings indicating that large-scale incarceration of juvenile offenders is not the best strategy for combating youth crime. The findings illustrate the following points about incarceration: It does not reduce future offenses by juveniles: Recidivism rates are very high, with nearly 75 percent of youth being arrested again within three years. A majority are convicted of a new offense.

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