A new report produced by researchers at the University of Texas’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs describes conditions faced by children who are “certified” for transfer to adult criminal justice system. Many of these juveniles are housed in adult jails in Texas while they await trial. The report finds that the majority of youth placed in adult jails are housed in solitary confinement, most with just one hour of out-of-cell time per day. While they are placed in isolation for their own protection, they live in conditions that mirror punitive segregation, and often remain there for months or even years.See the press release announcing the report and related coverage:
- Houston Chronicle: Ruling puts Harris County juvenile offenders housing in limbo
- Austin Statesman: UT study highlights risks of putting teens in adult jails
- Texas Tribune: Study: Juveniles held in jails are often isolated
- ACLU National Prison Project: 16 and Solitary: Texas jails isolate children
- Campaign for Youth Justice: Letter from report author
- DA Confidential: Mark Pryor describes his role as a prosecutor seeking certification for a juvenile in a Travis County homicide.