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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Summit Will Focus On the Effects of Putting Teens in Adult Prisons

From Get-tough laws that have put more teenagers in adult prisons since the early '90s conflict with a wave of new research suggesting how children can be set straight and society protected at the same time.

At a two-day summit in Washington, leading researchers will meet with juvenile justice decision-makers — directors of state juvenile justice systems, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys — to discuss how the new evidence should affect treatment of teen offenders.

For example, Shay Bilchik, president and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America say there's new firm evidence that teens prosecuted as adults are much more likely to commit crimes when they get out than comparable young people tried as juveniles. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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