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Children Charged as Adults and Held in Adult Jails and Prisons

Children Charged as Adults and Held in Adult Jails and Prisons

In the United States, there is no constitutional provision or national law prohibiting states from subjecting children under age 18 to the adult criminal justice system, imposing adult criminal sentences, or incarcerating children in adult prison facilities. As a result, on any given day nearly 5,000 children are detained in adult jails and prisons.