International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic students Cassie Fleming (’13) and Bianca Cappellini (’13) guest blogged for the ACLU Michigan, discussing the issue of incarcerating youth in adult prisons. Fleming and Cappellini write that in each of the past five years, more than 90,000 youth were incarcerated in adult jails and prisons in the United States. Michigan ranks in the top ten of states who incarcerate the most youth in adult prisons.
They discuss the findings of their research, which was presented to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in March at a hearing in Washington, DC. They write, “After receiving this evidence at the IACHR hearing, Commissioner Rodrigo Escobar Gil said, ‘It’s absolutely impermissible that well into the 21st century States still have correctional facilities where youth and adults live together, because this lends itself to one of the most serious violations of human rights.’”