• Children around the world who are arrested and detained for alleged wrongdoing are often not given the protections they are entitled under the nearly universally ratified Convention on the Rights of the Child. In many countries, authorities prosecute children for acts that should not be crimes—such as truancy or misbehavior at home. Some governments prosecute children younger than the international minimum age of 12 for criminal responsibility. Some treat older adolescents or children accused of serious crimes as if they were adults for trial and sentencing. Judges in some countries still hand down sentences of death, life without the possibility of parole, and corporal punishment, in violation of international law. Governments also often violate the international prohibition on detaining or imprisoning children with adults.


Juvenile Justice