More than sixty years ago, the United Nations created Universal Children’s Day to mark the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and promote child welfare around the world. But here in the U.S., we are falling short of its ideals because our shameful juvenile justice system keeps too many of our children locked up.
Amongst the world community, the U.S. stands out for this failure. We stand out because we lead the world in the incarceration of children.
In fact, we are now the only country in the world that has refused to sign onto the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the treaty created by the UN to enact the Declaration on the Rights of the Child, which makes clear that incarceration should be used as a last resort for children in conflict with the law.) And this reinforces our shameful distinction.
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