Stop charging minors as adults on thier first offense. This would decrease the amount of money being spent by decreasing what has to be paid to house them longer since adult sentencing on all crimes is a stricter punishment. They are not old enough to live on thier own, buy tobacco products, sign a legal contract, get married or vote so why are they old enough to go to an adult prison and serve the same amount of time as an adult. Children and teens make mistakes and are much more impressionable to the prison systems than adults. Instead of giving a child a second chance, that is taking away any chance they have. This would of course need some stipulations such as not counting for repeat offenders or someone who committs a premeditated violent crime.
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