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Why Is Texas Still Sending 17-Year-Olds to Adult Prisons?

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Since 1918, Texas has prosecuted 17-year-oldsâEUR"including those who commit misdemeanorsâEUR"as adults, cramming them into a prison-industrial system bereft of the rehabilitative programs that have put Texas's juvenile system on the national radar for its


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 31, 2015, 6:36 am
But unlike the juvenile system, Wang said, adult prisons lack enforced rehabilitative and educational programs, as well as safety measures for minors housed there.

"The adult system is kind of a warehouse for human bodies, and they don't offer as many opportunities to succeed after you're released," Wang added.

Winn A (179)
Friday July 31, 2015, 8:10 am
Why? Because it's Texas and they can. There is not enough money in the universe to get me to live in that state. I'm sure there are Many intelligent people who live in that state that are reasonable thinking and progressive people. However, they aren't in positions of authority in the Texas government.

. (0)
Friday July 31, 2015, 5:11 pm

S J (124)
Friday July 31, 2015, 6:10 pm
why? because texas would love to send those young guys to study criminal practice in the jail and come out after a while. poor texas!

Glennis W (393)
Friday July 31, 2015, 6:26 pm
Noted, signed and shared. Thank you for taking action for for Texas sending 17 year olds to adult prisons, these kids need help, but not this way. Thank you for sharing cal

Glennis W (393)
Friday July 31, 2015, 6:32 pm
Noted, signed and shared. The same thing is happening in Australia. These kids need proper help to get back on their feet, not to be educated by harden criminals. Thank you for caring and sharing Cal

Walter F (128)
Friday July 31, 2015, 8:30 pm
Thanks Cal if they are not anti social criminals when they go in ,they will be when they come out.

donna m (97)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 12:27 am

donna m (97)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 12:28 am
thanks for sharing

Vikram S (34)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 12:51 am
Thanks for sharing. Noted.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 10:45 am
Because alth9ugh there are actually Democrats within the State of Texas, nevertheless, Texas is Republican Country, which means that they have done such because they are corrupt and ignorasnt/backward, that's why! Thank you for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 1:16 pm
I agree with Walter

Birgit W (160)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 2:31 pm
17 year old should never be send to any prison. They need guidance and should be educated and brought back into society.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 3:12 pm
In view of what has been discovered about brain development, I am not sure anyone under the age of 25 should be sent to an adult prison.

Mari D (81)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 11:01 pm

Roslyn McBride (26)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 2:25 am
Not smart.

Eva Baskin (0)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 5:07 am
At 17, Judgement is not fully developed in the brain. They need consultation, not put in with adult criminals.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 4, 2015, 2:41 pm
Noted--thanks Cal.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 20, 2016, 10:43 am
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