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A New Juvenile Justice SystemTotal Reform for a Broken System$
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Nancy E. Dowd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479898800

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479898800.001.0001

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Immigrant Children

Immigrant Children

Treating Children as Children, Regardless of Their Legal Status

Chapter:
(p.281) 15 Immigrant Children
Source:
A New Juvenile Justice System
Author(s):

Elizabeth M. Frankel

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479898800.003.0016

This chapter details how immigrant youth in the juvenile justice system are frequently reported to the immigration system, thus compounding their problems. Involvement in the immigration system may complicate and exacerbate immigrant youth's disposition in the juvenile justice system, and they fail to get counseling and advocacy to deal with the issues they face in the immigration system. The chapter calls for a juvenile justice system that sees immigration status as another issue that needs services and support in order to achieve the best possible outcome for youth, including their independent right to legal status based on their dependency. Consistent with the goal of less incarceration, this would reduce or eliminate the incarceration of these youth in both systems.

Keywords:   immigrant youth, juvenile justice system, immigration system, immigration status, legal status, incarceration

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