Annotated Bibliography for Youth Incarcerated in Adult Prisons

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Annotated Bibliography for Youth Incarcerated in Adult Prisons

Angelique Quinones

Berkeley College


Annotated Bibliography for Youth Incarcerated in Adult prisons


Many states believe that charging our nations youth as an adult, rather than placing them in a juvenile detention center, or receiving outside treatment is the best option. Juvenile delinquints who are charged and placed in adult facilities are at a higher risk of being sexually assaulted by another inmate, than an inmate who is an adult. Statistics show that juveniles who are incarcerated in an adult facilitiy are 36% more likely to commit suicide than if they were to be placed in a juvenile detention center. Also, many juveniles who are sentenced to an adult facility have a lack in education because they are too young to partake in the General Education Diploma (GED) program in the facility since they are younger than 18, which inhabits them from obtaining an education while in prison.


Backstrom, James C. “The Criminal Justice System Should Treat Some Juveniles as Adults.”       Juvenile Crime. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2012. Opposing Viewpoints.    Rpt. of “Adult Prosecution Is Warranted in Certain Cases.” N.p.:          n.p., 2008. N. pag. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 13 Aug. 2016.


Not all juveniles should be in adult facilities, but some of them should be. Many gang affiliated youth commit murders, traffic drugs, weapons, commit robberies, and sometimes they get nothing but a juvenile detention center til the age of 21, and they’re record is clean as an adult. However, youth with many minor offenses should also be sentenced as an adult, because they constantly get treated as a minor, and once they’re released from a juvenile detention center………………………