University of the District of Columbia Law Review


The primary purpose of juvenile detention is to protect the community from dangerous young people while they wait for their cases to be heard in court.' From a developmental perspective, juvenile detention should occur less frequently than adult detention because juveniles need to be with family members and are perhaps more vulnerable to emotional harm from incarceration than adults. Recognized risks of detention include exposing naive, previously victimized youth to larger, older juveniles with delinquency histories. Other risks include interference with the juvenile's relationship with family and attendance in school.

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