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Marc Levin: Why Are We Jailing Youth For Non-Violent Offenses?

| April 9, 2014

ROC policy director Marc Levin writes in Talking Points Memo:

If you miss one too many days of work or stay out for the night when you said you’d be home, you might find yourself in hot water, but chances are you won’t wind up in trouble with the law, or worse, in jail.

While this is true for adults, it’s a different reality for kids who break curfew, show up to school late one too many times, or commit other non-violent status offenses – actions that wouldn’t be a crime if they were carried out by an adult.

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