Children In Adult Prisons

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Similar to adults, children as young as seven getting placed into juvenile-detention facilities, 15,000 children, 8% of the children in juvenile detention have had no charges, for mental illness (Glazer, 2017). Children detention facilities are supposed to be structured to return children to society, however in recent years have begun to mimic adult prisons, ignoring their focus on rehabilitation. Children in the facilities become over medicated or receive no medication at all, while due to understaffing often never speak to a counselor (McDermott, S. 2016). Compared to adult prisons where 12-15% in adult prisons are severely ill, 65-80% of children are qualifying as severely mentally ill (McDermott, S. 2016). Theory suggest that children are
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