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A deep look into juveniles in adult prisons Touch bases on several smaller issues that contribute to juveniles being in and effects of adult prisons The United States Bureau of Prisons handles two hundred and thirty-nine juveniles and their average age is seventeen Execution of juveniles The United States is one of only six countries to execute juveniles There are sixty-eight juveniles sitting on death row for crimes committed as juveniles Forty-three of those inmates are minorities People who are too young to vote drink alcohol or drive are held to the same standard of responsibility as adults In prisons they argue that the juveniles become targets of older more hardened criminalsBrian Stevenson Director of the Alabama Capital Resource Center said We have totally given up in the idea of reform of rehabilitation for the very young We are basically saying we will throw those kids awayJuvenile Justice Bulletin Report shows that two-thirds of juveniles apprehended for violent offenses were released or put on probation Only slightly more than one-third of youths charged with homicide was transferred to adult criminal court Little more than one out of every one hundred New York youths arrested for muggings beatings rape and murder ended up in a correctional institution Another report showed a delinquent boy has to be arrested on average thirteen times before the court will act more restrictive than probation Laws began changing as early as 1978 in New York to try juveniles over 12 who commit violent crimes as adults did However even since the laws changed only twenty percent of serious offenders served any timeThe decision of whether to waive a juvenile to the adult or criminal court is made in a transfer hearing The two major criteria for waiver are the age of the child and type of offense alleged in the petition Some jurisdictions require the child to be over a certain age and charged with a felony while others permit waiver
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