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Children and adolescents
in the United States’ adult criminal justice system
This report addresses the situation of children and adolescents who are charged, prosecuted and convicted in the United States’ adult criminal justice system. That exposes those juveniles to serious violations of their rights to life, personal integrity and due process, since—by being treated as adults—they lose the special protection the criminal justice system must grant to children and adolescents.
The Commission will use the terms child, adolescent, young person, teenager and juvenile to refer to any person under 18 years of age.
Children in adult prisons and jails
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