Juveniles in the adult system. Around 250,000 youth are tried, sentenced or incarcerated as adults in the United States every year. On any given day, around 10,000 juveniles are housed in adult jails and prisons – 7,500 in jails and 2,700 in prisons, respectively. Of the juveniles held in adult jails, most of them are awaiting trial.
Timothy A. Clary / AFP-Getty Images; shevlino.com (inset) Under South Carolina law, Sean, who was 16 at the time of his crimes, was charged as an adult. Increasingly, social scientists, law-enforcement authorities, lawyers, and judges are questioning the wisdom of charging juveniles as adults.Author: Clark Merrefield.
Apr 20, 2016 · According to the National Juvenile Justice Network, more than 250,000 juveniles are tried, sentenced and incarcerated in adult facilities every year. Adult prisons already have been experiencing significant overcrowding, with the majority of those incarcerated being nonviolent offenders.Author: Emily Pettit.