Saturday, October 14, 2006
From myrtlebeachonline.com: 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]