Experts discuss the circumstances that lead thousands of juveniles into the court system and jail each year in this video adapted from FRONTLINE: Prison State. According to these experts, in certain communities where incarceration has been “normalized,” a child’s parents, siblings, or other relations have likely spent time behind bars. The message to children is that going to jail is part of their “destiny” whether they follow the rules or not. And while the number of juvenile lockups may be decreasing in some places—with more money being directed into home incarceration programs, as in the Louisville, Kentucky metro area—the likelihood is that once a child gets involved in the juvenile court system, he or she will continue to be part of it or move to the adult system. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE collection.
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