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Civil and Human Rights

Submission to the UN human Rights Committee on Children Charged as Adults and Held in Adult Jails and Prisons (2019)

Submission to the UN human Rights Committee on Children Charged as Adults and Held in Adult Jails and Prisons (2019)

In the United States, there is no constitutional provision or national law prohibiting states from subjecting children under age 18 to the adult criminal justice system, imposing adult criminal sentences, or incarcerating children in adult prison facilities. As a result, on any given day nearly 5,000 children are detained in adult jails and prisons.

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