Juvenile Confinement - Juveniles In Jail And Prison

adults held adult prisons

In 2003, 9,875 juveniles were in jail or prison, according to Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2003 (Bureau of Justice Statistics, May 2004). Of these juveniles, 6,869 were in jail (5,484 held as adults) and 3,006 were in state prisons. (See Table 7.5 and Table 2.11 in Chapter 2.) Juvenile males (2,880) far outnumbered females (126) in state prisons. The number of incarcerated juveniles has dropped since 1995. In that year, 7,800 juveniles were in jail, of whom 5,900 were being held as adults. In 1995, 5,309 juveniles were held in state prisons.

The most recent survey of the characteristics of juveniles in adult confinement was conducted by the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs in 1998, published in Juveniles in Adult Prisons and Jails in 2000. For purposes of this survey, juveniles were defined as those seventeen and younger; the survey also collected matching data for the adult population. The federal prison system did not participate in the survey so the results are for state prisons and a number of local jail systems. Among juvenile offenders held in adult facilities, 3.3% were female, significantly lower than youths held in juvenile residential facilities (13%).

Table 7.6 shows the offenses for which youths and adults surveyed were incarcerated in state prison, the racial and ethnic composition of these two groups, and the manner in which they were housed. The major difference between the juvenile and the adult populations in 1998 was that only one in ten youths but one in five adults were serving time for drug offenses. Proportionally, therefore, more youths were held for offenses against persons and for property crimes than adults. A larger percentage of the juvenile population was

FIGURE 7.5
Juvenile arrest rates by offense and race, 1980–2002
African-American (55% versus 48% of adults), a smaller percentage was white (26% versus 35%), and a significantly higher percentage (4% versus 1% among adults) was Native American. A higher proportion of juveniles occupied single cells (30% versus 22% for adults) and slept in dormitories (51% versus 43% for the adult population).

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over 6 years ago

I went to prison when I was 17 years old; I was convicted for: selling marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and the use of a communications facility while commiting a drug offense. I am currently 24 years old with a very slim chance of a successful future. I started attending a local University in Jan.2008 however, I still may not have a career when I finish. I had 2 possession charges on my juvenile record and no felonies, so this was technically my first offense. I did not receive the "First Offenders Act" treatment-they decided to send me straight to prison where I was hand-picked out of over a thousand inmates daily because I was 17 (I was given disciplinary actions but nothing severe I guess...just chores and harrassment). Luckily, I am not part of the group of teens who turn back to that life. I refuse to go back. I made a mistake when I was young. All I want is a second chance.

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almost 4 years ago

I am doing a paper on a book comparing it with certain things. One of my topics that I am writing about is juveniles in prison. For one thing I believe that most juveniles should not by trialed as adults but on the other hand some of them should. Teens that commit very dangerous crimes should be trialed as adults such as murder no matter the age.

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about 5 years ago

I'm doing a documentary. I want to know if treatment received in jails for juveniles is harsh and creates resentment such that the incarcerated return to crime. How about a comment about how time in jail could be in a learning environment - to the inmate sees the wrong, and develops a desire to do right.

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over 3 years ago

Wowwww-_-
Whoo kneww thattt californiaa wouldd suckk att teachhingg juveniless a Lessson..theyyy comee outt offf juvii doingg moree crimesss:o
Thatss A Stupidd systemmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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almost 4 years ago

Thank you for the info ...



I will link your site two mine thanks again.

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over 2 years ago

i what to find out is my street danther is jail or junenile her name is amanda love and her birthday is 12/16/1992 is her husband and her street mom do you know what jail or juvenile she in her street mom priscilla