Juvenile Center Brawl

The Story

As part of the state’s Raise the Age law, New York City has moved all minors off Rikers Island and into a new juvenile facility. But on the young inmates’ first day there, a brawl broke out; 20 corrections officers were injured and had to be treated at local hospitals. Perhaps juveniles should be jailed separately from adults, but the violent incident demonstrates that people under 18 can be just as violent and dangerous as their older counterparts–if not more so.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Solitary: New York City banned the use of solitary confinement for inmates under 22, but wound up sending violent minors upstate, where the practice is still allowed. Read more.

  2. Teens: Violent criminal behavior peaks in the late teenage years. Read more.

  3. Packed: Concentrating youthful offenders together can result in more violence. Read more.

“Most homicides are single events committed in the 19-24 age range. However, gang killings take place mostly during adolescence.”

National Institute of Justice

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The Past is Present

Jailhouse Law By City Journal (Summer 1994)

“During the 1960s, a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings opened the way for inmates to bring civil-liberties suits in federal court alleging mistreatment or unlawful conditions in state prisons.”

And in other news...

“Tonight, about one out of every 10 students in New York City will sleep in a homeless shelter or in the homes of relatives. That’s more children than at any other time since city records have been kept.”