Kids in Adult Courts and Prisons

With an estimated 250,000 youth under the age of 18 being handled by the adult criminal justice system each year, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) pulled together three dozen juvenile justice and adult criminal justice experts to review what is known and what is not known about the consequences. 

The recently released report, “You’re An Adult Now: Youth in Adult Criminal Justice Systems,” examines their conclusions, including higher rates of recidivism among youth transferred to the adult correctional system compared to youth kept in the juvenile system, challenges for the adult system in providing appropriate and effective services for young people, and recommendations for federal, state and local policymakers.  

To read the full report, click here


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