10 Most Absurd Reasons We’ve Arrested Small Children

1-child arrested At this point, it’s hard to be surprised by the extreme punitiveness of America’s criminal justice system. One thing that can still shock, though, is how police manhandle actual children. Not only is treatment of children severe (police in Arizona recently mulled over the possibility of charging an 8-year-old as an adult), but our system is undiscerning; we can, and do, arrest kids for virtually anything, including completely normal childhood misbehavior. In fact, many youth, particularly people of color from low-income households, come into contact with their first handcuffs in school. Here are some of the stranger examples of this depressingly American practice. http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/10-most-absurd-reasons-weve-arrested-small-children#.VWMvYRUW20U.email

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