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Locking up young individuals could be catalyst for crime later

One does not need to be an adult to be accused of committing a crime in the state of Texas. Likewise, under certain circumstances it is possible that a juvenile will be locked up as a consequence for such an action. A recent study questions the usefulness of incarcerating those who have been accused of juvenile crimes. The author of the study, now employed by MIT Sloan School of Management as an economics professor, asserts that it may not be the best way to deal with young people who have been found guilty of participating in a criminal activity.

Specifically he offers that someone who has been incarcerated as a juvenile is twice as likely to end up in a prison for adults, by his or her mid twenties. Most would agree this is not a desired result, in Fort Bend County, or elsewhere. Because many in society continue to view locking people up as the best course of action when convicted of a crime however, individuals who have been charged with a crime need to take steps to try to avoid this by protecting their rights.

While this is true of all who find themselves in this situation, it is particularly true where juvenile offenders are concerned. The reason for this is quite simply their age. Individuals whose lives haven't really had a chance to develop have a lot to lose, namely their freedom and their future. Because of this, it is vital that once accused, juveniles promptly seek the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer. Doing so could have a great impact on that individual's entire life.

Source: The Chicago Tribune, "Locking up juveniles may plant seeds of more crime," Mary Schmich, July 17, 2013

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