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Title: Investigation by Children of the Inappropriate Incarceration of Children - Report of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 198
Sponsoring Agency: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Testimony is reported from a hearing conducted by child examiners on the conditions that prevail in institutions for children.
Abstract: The hearings, which were cosponsored by the Children's Cultural Foundation of New York, with a grant from the National Office for Social Responsibility, funded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the New Land Foundation of New York, focused mainly on solitary confinement, drug abuse, and physical violence in children's institutions. The purposes of the hearings were to inform the public and stimulate legislative change, particularly in the States. The testimony documented that most institutionalized children have never been charged with crimes; yet they are subject to involuntary detention and often treated like adult felons. Psychiatrists testified about the irreparable damage done to children by abuses like solitary confinement, doctors described the dangers of inappropriate use of drugs, and formerly incarcerated children described treatment usually associated with brutal, totalitarian states. Supplementary written material is appended. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): American Indians; Child abuse; Drug abuse; Hearings; Psychological victimization effects; Residential child care institutions; Solitary confinement; Testimony; Violence
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