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Imprisonment of Minors
The law recognizes that children are different from adults in a variety of ways, such as making attendance at school mandatory . Children are also more likely to change as they get older because they are more emotionally, and impulsively responsive than adults are, and they are unable to leave unsafe homes or communities.
That is why imprisonment of minors is a nuanced topic, ranging from both incredibly positive and negative situations. While some countries do it tactfully to make sure the nation remains safe, others take a more harsh approach that ultimately, does more harm than good. One issue is admitting children in adult prisons, which leads to violence, bullying and sexual abuse, in most cases. Juveniles make up 1,200 of the 1.5 million persons detained in state and federal detention facilities, and around 10,000 kids under the age of 18 are incarcerated in jails and prisons designed for adult offenders. On the other hand, there are a myriad of positive examples of punishments for juvenile offenders like youth detentions, or overnight detention, where they can attend school regularly, but have to spend after school hours in an offender’s institution. However, the negative effects of even well planned juvenile detention include disproportionate punishment, leading to mental health issues, bullying, etc.
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