JUVENILES TRIED AS ADULTS

 

Juvenile offenders under the age of 18 who commit serious crimes such as murder, rape or aggravated robbery are often certified as adults and sent to adult maximum security prisons. Juvenile offenders are sometimes used and abused by older prisoners and sold or traded by prison gangs.

ADOLESCENT CRASH DUMMIES

Juvenile offenders are often targeted by adult prison gangs who use young prisoners to commit crimes inside prison. Prison gangs are quick to take juvenile offenders under their wing and earn their trust with sodas, snacks and other gifts. Prison gangs claim ownership of juvenile offenders and use the young offender as a prison mule to hold the gangs weapons and drugs. Juveniles tried as adults are more inclined to perform these tasks and are referred to by prison gangs as “crash dummies”, “stash dummies”, "kids" "chavos" or “flunkies”.

JUVENILE ABUSE IN PRISON

Juveniles tried as adults tend to look up to older prisoners and are eager to do anything older offenders ask of them. Juvenile offenders in adult prisons are sometimes raped or extorted by prison gangs. Many adult prisons now segregate juveniles tried as adults for their safety.

DEATH AND TRAGEDY

16 year old Rodney Hulin was a juvenile tried as adult and had been convicted of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a neighbor's house in 1995. Hulin was sent to an adult prison, the Clemens Unit in Brazoria County on November 13, 1995 and was soon confronted by Crip gang members who attempted to rape and extort him. In fear of his life Rodney informed correctional officers about his troubles but officers ignored him. Rodney then wrote a letter to his father Rodney Hulin Sr. pleading for help.
"Dad, I'm really scared, scared that I will die in here. Please pray for me. Pray that I will get my job changed, sent to a hospital, get out of here alive, and that I will get out on parole...I want to live with you when I get out, if I get out alive". Wrote Rodney Jr. Rodney’s father called prison officials to report the crisis and officials decided to transfer Rodney Jr. to the Robertson maximum security Unit in Abilene, TX.

What Rodney Sr. didn’t know was that the Robertson unit was even worst than the Clemens Unit and one of the states most violent adult prisons. Rodney Jr. wrote home again, this time to inform his father that he had been raped multiple times by gang members of the Rolling 60’s Crip gang. Rodney Sr. demanded that his son be placed in protective custody but officials denied his request.
On the evening of January 26, 1996, Rodney Jr. tore long strips off of his sheet and braided a rope. He tied the rope to his cells ventilation system and hung himself.
Upon learning of his son’s suicide, Rodney Sr. filed a law suit against the state of Texas and was awarded a cash settlement of $250,000. Prison officials now require that all juvenile offenders under the age of 18 be housed in protected custody or segregated areas reserved for juveniles tried as adults.

 

 

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