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“Drive Change:help use raise the age!”

  • Youth in adult jails are thirty-six times more likely to commit suicide than those in juvenile detention facilities.
  • Youth in adult facilities are fifty percent more likely to face an armed attack from another  incarcerated person, and twice as likelyto face physical assault by staff than youth in juvenile facilities.
  • Youth housed in adult prisons face very high rates of sexual assault and rape. 
  • Youth in adult prisons and jails are often kept in solitary confinement for up to 23-hours a day, for months at a time. Extended isolation can be psychologically shattering for anyone, but it is especially harmful for developing adolescent minds.

 

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