Problems with Juvenile Detention

In the United States' justice system, there are specific consequences and punishments assigned to all types of crime. For adults, jail is supposed to act as both a deterrent for potential criminals and a punishment for people convicted of crimes. For youths, juvenile detention centers serve as the equivalent of adult jail.

While it can be helpful for youth to learn the consequences of illegal actions, studies have shown that juvenile detention centers can actually increase a child's chances of committing crimes in adulthood. Thus, if your son or daughter has been charged with a crime, you may understandably want to do everything you can to protect him or her from juvenile detention. For help with your case, contact experienced Austin juvenile defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.

The Problems with Youth Corrective Systems

In an alarming yet eye-opening study from a university in Canada, researchers found that any contact with the juvenile justice system is correlated with criminal convictions in adulthood. Some of the statistics found by this study include:

  • Brief contact, such as community service, made kids twice as likely to be arrested as adults.
  • Medium contact, like serving probation, led to teenagers who were 14 times more likely to be arrested as adults.
  • Full contact, or staying in a juvenile detention center, increased a youth's chances of adult arrest by 37 times.

When people are young, they have not had the chance to completely define themselves. They are impressionable, and their friends and acquaintances can greatly affect them. Therefore, when troubled youth come into contact with criminal youth in the juvenile justice system, it can increase a child's chances of becoming a criminal as an adult.

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If your child has been charged with a criminal offense, you can fight for counseling and other outside help for your son or daughter. If your child has been charged with a crime, you should not take this charge lightly. Contact knowledgeable Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis today at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your case.


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