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The Effects of the Criminal Justice System on American Youth
Below are a list of facts and resources to help you be an advocate for our youth.
Please read and educate yourself so that we can further educate and engage our communities to action.
Many times, children are funneled into the juvenile justice system for what begin as minor offenses. The school-to-prison pipeline often begins with children having a difficult time and appear to be acting out, but adults may not consider asking them what is bothering them or offer ways to help. Sometimes there is abuse or neglect at home, other times the child may have a learning disability. The response is too often to discipline the child which can lead to further and repeated abuse.
Sometimes children are sent into the juvenile justice system after being misunderstood or blamed as a result of abuse. This is often the case with girls in the juvenile justice system.
The juvenile justice systems can often be abusive toward children, subsequently teaching them to become criminals. When this occurs, they are more likely to stay in the system and are subject to further abuse, neglect, and other unhealthy influences. Many times, this process leads to a lifetime in prison.
Many times, being caught for selling or being in the possession of marijuana has been the beginning of this life-long abuse.
Reasonable support given to youth helps to improve self-esteem, turn their lives around, and build bright futures.