University of the District of Columbia Law Review


The District of Columbia has one of the highest juvenile detention rates and the longest juvenile detention stays of any jurisdiction in the country.' Almost half of the children in Oak Hill, the District's secure juvenile detention facility, have no record of violent or serious offenses. 2 The District's large scale use of detention has increased, rather than decreased, crime. By placing young children charged with minor offenses, such as shoplifting, in daily contact with habitual violent juvenile offenders, Oak Hill serves as a training school for criminal behavior.3

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