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A young offender walks handcuffed from his cell at the Nixon facility at the Fred Nelles CYA facility in Whittier. Wards at Nixon are held one youth to a cell and many there have metal and disciplinary problems. The youths at the facility will be moved when Nelles is closed in July.  (Photo by Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Kids Who Face Criminal Charges Are More Likely To Die Young

Date : November 11, 2015

Posted By:Nzinga Harrison


Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform CORE ISSUE:  Reform of the Juvenile Justice System to Identify and Divert At-Risk Youth. 

Young offenders who are transferred to adult court are three times more likely to die early than someone of the same age in the general population, according to a longitudinal study published this month in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. “Any involvement with the criminal justice system increased the chance of mortality,” lead study author Matthew Aalsma, an associate professor of pediatrics at Indiana University, told The Huffington Post.

The more severe the punishment a youth offender faced, the greater the likelihood he would die early, Aalsma explained. Most of the time, he noted, the kids died by homicide.

The study compared electronic criminal justice records and health records of almost 50,000 10- to 18-year-old offenders in Marion County, Indiana, between 1999 and 2011, finding a direct link between involvement in the justice system and early death.

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