Between 75 and 93 percent of children currently incarcerated in the U.S. Have been through at least one traumatic experience, including sexual abuse, war, community violence, neglect and maltreatment.

Author:Scafuri, Jenna
Position:Inter Alia - Brief article
 
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Between 75 and 93 percent of children currently incarcerated in the U.S. have been through at least one traumatic experience, including sexual abuse, war, community violence, neglect and maltreatment, according to a brief released by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI). The brief notes that youths who suffer trauma are more likely to develop life-long psychiatric conditions, and that trauma exposure should be taken into consideration before and during correction placement. According to author Erica Adams, M.D., "Addressing a child's trauma through the public health system before that child becomes involved with the justice system is critical to promoting the well-being of the child, the family and ultimately, the community." The brief goes...

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