…kids who go into juvenile detention are much less likely to graduate from high school and much more likely to end up in prison as adults,” says Joseph Doyle, an economist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-author of a new paper detailing the results of the study.

Indeed, the research project, which studied the long-term outcomes of tens of thousands of teenagers in Illinois, shows that, other things being equal, juvenile incarceration lowers high-school graduation rates by 13 percentage points and increases adult incarceration by 23 percentage points…

“The kids who go to juvenile detention are very unlikely to go back to school at all,” Doyle explains. He adds that the later problems people have may also stem from the time spent incarcerated: “Getting to know other kids in trouble may create social networks that might not be desirable. There could be a stigma attached to it, maybe you think you’re particularly problematic, so that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a high school drop out with a history of being detained as a juvenile.

Journaling Prompt: What part of your high school experience is most important to you now?

Art Prompt: Juvenile detention

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problems that juveniles who have been detained face in their lives. Suggest solutions to these problems.

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