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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

From Timeout to Hard Time: Young Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System

Event Details

February 25, 2011
LBJ School, Bass Auditorium

Did you know that in some states children as young as seven can be treated as adults by the criminal justice system? Join LBJ School Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch, an expert on juvenile justice and criminal justice policy, as she discusses her national research on the prevalence and implications of trying juveniles as adults and incarcerating them in adult prisons and jails. In general, laws and policies in the United States acknowledge children as different from adults. However, this distinction disappears for children who commit crimes and are placed in the adult criminal justice system. The law treats these children-some of whom have not yet reached adolescence-in the same way that it would adult criminals. Dr. Deitch's research suggests that treating child criminals like adults is inappropriate, unnecessarily harsh, and harmful to children's safety and emotional and physical wellbeing.

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Read Professor. Deitch's bio

Read more about children in the adult criminal justice system: "From Time Out to Hard Time: Young Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System" (LBJ School, 2009)

Executive Summary