The Criminalization of Mentally Ill Juveniles

Nearly two months after Kalief Browder committed suicide — having suffered from untreated depression after his three-year stint at Rikers — a new Stanford University School of Medicine study concludes juveniles are more likely to be admitted to hospitals for mental health issues than young people outside of the prison system. They are also more likely to spend longer periods of time there.

Researchers studied California youth aged 11 to 18 who were hospitalized between 1997 and 2011,...

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