Juveniles and Justice

By Shane Vander Hart 

I normally don’t read Philippine news, but I have google news alerts for “juvenile justice” e-mailed to me and it is interesting what ends up in my inbox. An article, “What youth offenders need” in Tuesday’s Manila Standard Today caught my eye as an example of how not to fix an ailing juvenile justice system.

The Philippines have had a horrible track record when it comes how youth have been treated in their criminal justice system. They had been placed in over-crowded jails along with adults. My position (one I share with the author of this article, Rita Linda V. Jimeno) is that juvenile offenders should not be placed in detention alongside of adults, ever. Why? There are four reasons why I hold this position:(Read the rest of this post.)

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