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Saturday, October 14, 2006

CrimProf Deborah Ahrens Comments on the Transfer of Youths from Juvenile to Adult Prisons

AhrensFrom University of South Carolina School of Law CrimProf Deborah Ahrens recently commented on the transfer of a South Carolina youth from juvenile detention to adult prison.

Christopher Pittman's appeals to halt his transfer from a juvenile facility were rejected by the state Supreme Court and Gov. Mark Sanford this week. Pittman was 12 when he shot his grandparents while they slept and then set fire to their Chester County home. He is now 17 years old.

"We know from studies that have looked at this that children prosecuted as adults ... have a much higher rate of recidivism," said Deborah Ahrens, a visiting criminal law professor at the University of South Carolina. "Adult prisons just don't know what to do with these kids."

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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I recently researched this topic on juveniles in adult facilities. I found the best solution to please everyone is an article i read about san quentin prison. That is normally a violent prison but according to the warden and Stop Prison Rape (SPR) they have almost eliminated it. By seperating the violent offenders from non violent and then a seperate part for sexual predators. If all prisons would follow californias example then we can punish them properly and keep everyone not just kids but everyone safe.
I am a victim of a 16 year old attack. He lived with me beat me raped me held guns to my head tried slicing my throat and so on. The courts wouldn't help me because i was his guardian and he was a minor. I did put him in a mental facility but that did no good. He ended up worse. He eventually got caught with in 100 ft of a school with cocaine. He was selling it. Then while still in court he committed armed robbery. They gave him less then 2 years for this. He is now 20 years old and he is in big boy prison for drinking and driving leaving the scene of an accident and eluding police. Plus a whole bunch of other stuff. He was sentenced to 90 days. how is this right? Society feels bad for criminals and not the victims. How am i supose to care if that kid is attacked in prison after the stuff he put me threw? Honestly it helps me fall asleep thinking about his celly named bubba.

Posted by: Carrie | Nov 12, 2006 1:49:56 AM

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