Kids In Juvenile Detention Face Risk Of Violent Death As Adults by Maanvi Singh
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Delinquent children are much more likely than their nondelinquent peers to die violently later in life, a study finds. And girls who ended up in juvenile detention were especially vulnerable, dying at nearly five times the rate of the general population.
“This was astonishing,” says Linda Teplin, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University’s medical school and the lead author of the study.
The researchers interviewed 1,829 people, ages 10 to 18, who were detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago between 1995 and 1998. The young people were arrested for a variety of reasons, but they weren’t necessarily convicted of a crime.
The researchers continued to follow up with them over the years. By 2011, 111 of them had died, and more than 90 percent of them were killed with guns. The findings were Monday in the journal Pediatrics.