Juvenile Crime and Punishment – Should solitary confinement be banned for juveniles? Should juveniles be exempt from life sentences? Should juveniles be punished as adults for certain type of crime

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Name Instructor Task Date Juvenile Crime and Punishment  Should solitary confinement be banned for juveniles?  Gordon, Shira, E. Solitary Confinement, Public Safety, and Recidivism. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 47. 1 (2014): 495-528. The article by Gordon gives a critical analysis of the policy reforms that need to be institutionalized, especially regarding solitary confinement that has a great impact on recidivism and public safety. The article also traces the increase in the number of prisoners and time served in federal prisons that are a source of growing concern. One of the bones of contention highlighted by the article is the negative impact of solitary confinement for juveniles. In the majority of the United States jurisdiction, juveniles are charged as adults and held in protective custody for purposes of separation from adults. According to Gordon, the juveniles are locked in small cells without sufficient natural light or any contact with staff or other prisoners (502). Solitary confinement is harmful to the youth as the isolation is not a justifiable therapeutic tool. Further solitary confinement leads to high rates of suicide cases among youth because of the psychological torture they face (Gordon 503). As such, solitary confinement for a juvenile should be banned as it infringes on the functional development of juveniles into productive members of society, especially being at that young age where social identity is key. Should juveniles be exempt from life sentences? Tutro, Joseph. Eliminating the Effective Death Sentence of Life Without Parole. The Forum: A Tennessee Student Legal Journal 1.1 (2014): 12-28. Print. The article examines

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