Throughout the nation, jails and prisons have rules to follow. However, the exact rules differ from location to location. With that in mind, there can be differences between what’s important in jail compared to a juvenile detention center. In juvenile detention centers, minors usually have more protected rights than adult inmates. Here’s a closer look at a few rights of juveniles serving time in Louisiana.
More of a focus on education
Prisons and jails housing adults try to have ways to educate their inmates. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts and other problems, this rarely happens. However, focusing on educating and rehabilitating inmates happens much more often in juvenile detention centers.
Keeping minors safe
Most jails and prisons have systems to help ensure inmates remain safe. However, violence in juvenile detention centers can result in civil rights violations. Therefore, there’s often more action taken to prevent injuries or deaths among juvenile inmates. If you or someone you know was the victim of a violent attack in a juvenile detention center, it might be time to contact a criminal defense attorney.
Being kept away from adult inmates
In most cases, minors will not serve time with adults. With that said, certain minors in detention centers will be serving time past their 18th birthdays. Once a minor becomes an adult, they’re likely to serve the rest of their sentence with other adults. This also happens the court deems a minor fit to serve their sentence as an adult.
In conclusion, all people serving time have rights. Due to their younger ages and the threat of civil rights violations, many juvenile facilities have a strong focus on keeping minors safe and educated.