Juveniles in Prison

From The New York Times:

Justices Bar Mandatory Life Terms for Juveniles.

The justices ruled that such sentencing for those under 18 violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.


3 thoughts on “Juveniles in Prison

  1. Deaf juveniles in prison are particularly vulnerable to not getting proper services. For instance, deaf teens in for sexual offending typically do not get classes which are accessible to them. Having group therapy with other hearing teen sex offenders is not effective even with an interpreter. Another major problem is they cannt read the reading materials nor can they do the writing of their autobiographies which is part of the treatment. Their English skills are simply too low. Some states won’t incaracerate deaf youths. But other states will. No states should incarcerate them but find deaf youths Deaf culture affirmative treatment programs for violent and sexual offending even if they have to send them out of state to a special facility for deaf youth sex or violent offenders.


  2. Thanks for posting this, Jean. Since beginning this project, I have noticed a commonality between the Deaf, and juvenile offenders. I find it gratifying to learn that there are states that won’t incarcerate Deaf juveniles, but I find it equally distressing that there are still those that do.

    Thank you again for your wonderful work.


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