Incarcerating Youth Should Be 'Last Resort' During Pandemic []


By Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report, May 7, 2020

On any given day, approximately 43,600 people younger than 18 years of age are held in youth detention facilities across America. 

Even under normal circumstances, many detention facilities are unable to provide a clean and safe environment for these young individuals, and the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the trauma these children experience in detention, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 

Incarcerating young people should, therefore, be used only as a β€œlast resort” the AAP says in a new policy statement.

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