Have you seen OJJDP’s study on long term incarceration of juveniles?
Just a few key points:
Finding #1: Longer stays in juvenile facilities do not reduce reoffending; institutional placement raised offending levels in even those with the lowest level of offending.
Finding #2: Adolescents who have committed serious offenses are not necessarily on track for adult criminal careers.
Finding #3: Substance use is a major factor in continued criminal activity by serious adolescent offenders.