On a single day in 2008, 7,703 children under age 18 were held in American adult local jails and 3,650 in adult state prisons. Twenty-Two states allow children as young as seven to be tried as adults, while 25 states allow for prosecutions starting at age 12. These practices lead to dire consequences for young criminals that enter the system, finds a new report, “From Time Out to Hard Time: Young Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System.”
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Use The Crime Report for more information on juvenile justice.