On May 23, 2010 Reentry Central reported on a 2005 article in Pediatrics that revealed that compared to the general population, young people who entered the criminal justice system were four times as likely to have been murdered. For young criminal justice-involved females the death rate was eight times higher than the general population.
On June 18, 2014 NPR revisited the topic, looking at fate that awaits many juveniles that survived the juvenile justice system, only to be killed as adults.
Reentry Central believes that the message bears repeating. A Reentry Central article from August 17, 2011 reported that 2000 juveniles are arrested in America each year. The idea that so many of those young lives will be lost is heartbreaking.
Kids In Juvenile Detention Face Risk Of Violent Death As Adults
by Maanvi Singh
June 18, 2014
Delinquent children are much more likely than their nondelinquent peers to die violently later in life, a study finds. And girls who ended up in juvenile detention were especially vulnerable, dying at nearly five times the rate of the general population.
"This was astonishing," says Linda Teplin, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University's medical school and the lead author of the study.
The researchers interviewed 1,829 people, ages 10 to 18, who were detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago between 1995 and 1998. The young people were arrested for a variety of reasons, but they weren't necessarily convicted of a crime.
The researchers continued to follow up with them over the years. By 2011, 111 of them had died, and more than 90 percent of them were killed with guns. The findings were published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.