On December 14,Philip Chism, of Danvers, Massachusetts, was convicted of raping and murdering his high-school math teacher, Colleen Ritzer. Chism, now 16, was 14 when he committed the crime, but was tried as an adult due to a Massachusetts state law requiring juveniles 14 and older accused of murder to be tried as adults. Massachusetts has policies in place that prevent juveniles from being sentenced to adult prisons, policies meant to protect youth from the increased risk of sexual abuse, injury, and death they face when imprisoned alongside adults.
The majority of states have already started passing reforms to make it more difficult to prosecute juveniles as adults, but there is a long way to go. Following the tough on crime era, the practice of trying youth as adults has become much more common in recent years. Between andthe number of juveniles in adult jails went up by nearly percent.
The Department of Justice is committed to publishing a wide range of statistics relevant to the work of the Department and its various areas, which may be of interest to researchers, organisations and the wider community. Quarterly statistical reports provide an overview of adults and young people who are in the care of the Department, either in custody or in the community. Produced at the end of March, June, September and December, these reports provide a midnight snapshot on the last day of each quarter, comparison data for the same quarter of the previous year, and trend information for each quarter for the previous five years.
On any given day, nearly 53, youth are held in facilities away from home as a result of juvenile or criminal justice involvement. Nearly one in ten is held in an adult jail or prison. This report provides an introductory snapshot of what happens when justice-involved youth are held by the state: where they are held, under what conditions, and for what offenses. It offers a starting point for people new to the issue to consider the ways that the problems of the criminal justice system are mirrored in the juvenile system: racial disparities, punitive conditions, pretrial detention, and overcriminalization.
Skip to content. In June, a year-old boy was arrested after he threw a rock at police during a political rally in New Mexico. Prosecutors stated that the boy, who was charged with two felonies, would be tried as an adult.
The U. InCyntoia Brown was convicted of murdering a man who hired her for sex and sentenced to life in prison. She was sixteen years old.
Rates of juveniles in residential placement have fallen for more than a decade. Injuveniles perpopulation 48, total were in residential placements, compared with perin The rate fell roughly equally among whites, blacks, and Hispanics 55 to 70 percent.
If you're a human and see this, please ignore it. If you're a scraper, please click the link below :- Note that clicking the link below will block access to this site for 24 hours. Hands in Jail Photo via Shutterstock. At this moment, there are 70, juveniles institutionalized, give or take.
We are recruiting a Equal Justice Works fellow. Apply today. The number of youth locked up with adults overall remains on the decline, but the new data shows how much further we still need to go:.
Policy changes at the state and federal levels have led to a decline in crime and arrest rates, which positions states to be able to progress with reducing their youth incarceration rates in adult facilities. Continue Reading. Friday, 09 December Posted inAcross the Country. Last year, I got one of those calls that all of us fear.