After a study called “The Superpredator Script” came out in the 1990’s, America began incarcerating juveniles, who’d been tried as adults, at an alarming rate. The study “described a new breed of young criminals who needed to be treated as adults,” write Erica Moriarty and Nicolas Pollock, and as a result: “Today, there are about 250,000 American children tried as adults per year.”

“The United States is the only country other than Somalia that sentences kids to die in prison,” Scott Budnick, the founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (and producer of the Hangover movie franchise) told The Atlantic.

In this video, Budnick looks at the dire consequences of treating and trying juvenile offenders as adults and the need for reform.

Read more at The Atlantic


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