Problems Associated with Juvenile Detention Centers

Juvenile detention centers are the equivalent of jails for minors. A teen may be sent to a juvenile detention center for drinking while driving, drug crimes, or other charges. In Texas, most centers are under the control of the Texas Youth Commission, which has been accused of allowing severe problems to continue in the centers, including sexual abuse.

Although it is good to teach youths about consequences and accountability, juvenile detention centers may not be the best way to teach these lessons. Studies have shown that these youth jails can actually harm a teen in the long run, making him or her more likely to commit crimes as adults. If your teen has been charged with a crime, you should fight to protect your child. Contact a Dallas youth offenders attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.

Potential Problems

A 20-year study performed in Montreal found that youth correction facilities do not actually help a teen follow the law in the future. In fact, the youth justice system and juvenile detention facilities have been linked to the following problems:

  • Kids sentenced to juvenile prison are 37 times more likely to be arrested again as adults.
  • Youth who go through the juvenile justice system are 7 times more likely to be arrested as adults.
  • Juvenile probation raises chance of adult arrest by 14 times.
  • Serious problems such as physical abuse sometimes occur in these centers.

Psychologists believe that the longer a teen is in contact with other troubled youth, the more likely they are to form associations with troubled youth. This can lead to the desire to “impress” these friends with other law breaking.

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Even if your child has been sentenced of a crime, you should fight to protect your teen from a juvenile correction facility. If teen has been charged with criminal activity, please contact a Dallas youth offenses lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.


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