Prosecutors argued that harsh sentencing would protect the public from violent, youthful predators. But it has since turned out that most young people who spend time in jails and prisons are charged with nonviolent offenses. As many as half are never convicted of anything at all. In addition, research has shown that these young people are vulnerable to battery and rape at the hands of adult inmates and more likely to become violent, lifelong criminals than those who are held in juvenile custody.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Fixing the Mistake With Young Offenders
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/opinion/04mon3.html?_r=1&src=twrhp Excerpt......PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE