For the Kids: Change the System for Child Incarceration

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Many young children in America are deeply impacted by abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence and most importantly spending their lives in prison. Without effective intervention and help from the government as well as activists like us, these children will continue to suffer, struggle, and fall into despair and hopelessness. Some young teens cannot manage the emotional, social, and psychological challenges of adolescence and eventually engage in destructive behavior. Most times these teens are also not provided with the help and support they need, and that is a problem.

There are many laws that strictly state the rights of any child who is deemed to be taken into custody, however, a juvenile court judge will decide whether you will be tried as an adult after reading the charges brought against you. Most cases demonstrate that the outcome is never in the favor of the child. As a result, young kids are being thrown into adult prisons, and being stripped of any chance of a better future.

 I ask you all to support me in my petition and project called "For the Kids" that is seeking reform in how children are being tried in the court and the actions taken afterwards. Instead of sending children to adult prisons where they will rot away, we should be providing them with the help and care they need perhaps in correctional facilities or mental institutions.The government needs to come up with a better system, one that will make a difference.

As a high school student I am privileged in so many ways, and I believe that kids like me,who are equals, should have a chance at a good life too.I hope you all will support me in this first step to a better tomorrow!



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