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Policy Brief Reviews Dangers of Youth Detention
Although detention facilities are meant to temporarily house those youth who are likely to reoffend before their trials or not appear in court at all, many of the youth in this country's 769 detention centers do not meet these criteria, according to the brief, The Dangers of Detention: The Impact of Incarcerating Youth in Detention and Other Secure Facilities. Seventy percent of youth in detention are held for nonviolent charges, including property offenses and probation violations.
The policy brief pinpoints a number of negative factors related to youth detention, including:
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