Juvenile Incarceration

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Juveniles and Solitary Confinement Imagine being sent to solitary confinement at age 16, just for stealing a backpack; force for two years to endure violence by the guards sworn to protect you, pushing your mental and physical limits to the edge. What might seem like a horror movie is a true account for Kalief Browder, who after attending many years of rehab to deal with the trauma of being locked for 23 hours a day, committed suicide at the young of 22 (Obama, 2016). Because of juvenile incarceration, a boy was sent to the path of mental destruction. The horrific repercussion of these kind of detentions can have decades of negative effects on a teen, and should be ban in all states of this free country.
Punitive segregation prison is a devastating place for adolescence, it has been link to mental illnesses like depression, PTSD, and schizophrenia. Minors in and out of prison are more likely to commit suicide and harmful acts to themselves even after being released. The U.S. Department of Justice has called prolonged juvenile isolation “cruel” and “unusual punishment” (YORK, 2014). With that in mind what will happen if we present the cruel act to a developing brain? “Even at the age of 16 the brain is still developing,” said National Institute of Mental Health (Nat). Stress afflicted to teens during this precious time causes mental problems (Nat). The vicious abuse in prison makes teens develop differently; mentally and physically setting setback for them in all course of life.
Aside from the long lasting mental complication for minors out of prison, they are also mistreated and forgotten in prison. When requested to reveal the numbers of juvenile in Riker Island, officials at the facility ignored the statement for months and denied all tour to the facility,” I have to make clear to you at this that the Dept of Correction will not be participating on your…...

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