American Youth Don't Know Much About the Juvenile Justice System

Tammy Chang, •

According to a 2018 report from a youth advocacy project at Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, youth not only enter the system with little knowledge of it, but are often kept in the dark once in the system.

"I wasn't aware that I would be going to prison and was being tried in adult court," wrote Nigee, one youth who has been involved in the juvenile justice system.

"On my way to court, right before I got there, my worker told me I was not going home. They did not tell me how long I was staying. I was 14; I didn't know anything," wrote another named Alex.