Reforming U.S. Carceral System to Safeguard Children's Rights

KPSOM student commentary proposes applying child rights framework to improve well-being and minimize legal system interactions

August 22, 2023

KPSOM student Scott Henderson

KPSOM student Scott Henderson

Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (KPSOM) student Scott Henderson has coauthored a commentary that sheds light on the grave repercussions of the U.S. carceral system on children's rights, particularly in marginalized communities. The commentary highlights violations of global human rights standards and emphasizes the need for change. 

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) principles are suggested as a guide for pediatricians to safeguard children's well-being. By aligning with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) standards, legally binding for the U.S., this strategy aims to reduce youth involvement with the legal system.

The initiative envisions a path forward where children and adolescents have reduced involvement with the legal system, promoting healing and thriving over further trauma. With public safety as a paramount consideration, this approach advocates for reforms that uphold human rights principles, contributing to a healthier response and better outcomes for the nation's youth.

Read the article here .