Is This Justice?

Number 18774
Subject Juvenile Justice System
Source Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
State PA
Year 2001
Publication Date March 18-21
Summary The Post-Gazette was challenged by the chief judge of the juvenile system to watch and see how new "adult time" for youth offenders legislation worked out. That's just what they did. They found that young offenders sentenced as adults were more likely to re-offend; they usually spent less time in jail; and they were more likely to commit crimes while out on bail -- something not allowed in the juvenile system. The investigation also found that black youths were more likely to be charged as adults and were given much longer sentences than white offenders.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 54
Keywords juvenile justice;sentencing;prison
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