Sending juveniles to adult jails often works to entrench children in more negative behavior and greatly harm their ability to be effectively rehabilitated. These children are exposed and subjected to the increased violence of adult jail, and learning criminal behavior from the adults around them, they develop and internalize even more troubling patterns of conduct. This is why the recidivism rate is for children rooted into the adult justice system, as compared to offenders left in the juvenile system. By using the adult justice system as an overtly punitive response to black and brown children, and then sending them back into communities that are already subject to over policing, discrimination, and systemic disadvantage, we are setting them up to remain connected to institutionalization for the rest of their lives.


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