17-year-olds account for nearly all youths in adult prisons and most of them are locked up for non-violent crimes.
17-year-olds who are charged as adults when they commit crimes are more likely to commit more crime upon their release. That's according to a report from the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency. It says 17-year-olds account for nearly all youths in adult prisons and most of them are locked up for non-violent crimes. The report shows prisons are not able to meet their developmental and educational needs, leaving them more likely to be sexually abused and more likely to commit suicide. The group recommends not locking offenders up until they're 18.
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