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Hundreds of Texas Youths Sentenced to Adult Prison

A recent report, Juveniles in the Adult Criminal Justice System in Texas, highlights the high number of young Texans sent to adult prisons and emphasizes the detrimental effect this has on youthful offenders as well as their communities. From the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs, the report revealed that hundreds of adolescent, first-time offenders convicted of violent crimes are being sentenced to adult prison - punishment legislators intended only for the worst of juvenile offenders.