Juvenile justice experts say that putting young teens in prison with older adult criminals will do more bad than good (Schwartz). “They really get lost in the system,” said Michelle Stephens, whose son was tried as an adult and sent to an adult prison five years ago. “And all their inmate peers become their family. They join gangs in prison. They’re worse off than they were before they went in prison. You think they were bad before they went in prison, now you’ve just put them with hardened, lifetime criminals.” (Children). Prisons are filled with bad influences, which are nearly impossible for young juveniles to avoid. When children under the age of 18 are sent to prison, they don’t get the educational opportunities crucial to growth and rehabilitation (Board). Children who have spent time in prison have severe negative effects on their chance to get an education. Juvenile offenders that went to prison were 39% less likely to finish high school than other kids in the same area (STUDY). It’s really tough to be successful in life without a simple education. You can’t get very far without a job or help from family or friends which many offenders don’t have. Juvenile Offenders sent to prison are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than youth in juvenile systems (Children). We shouldn’t risk more suicides by sending children to prison when we can help them be better by sending them to juvenile courts. James Stewart, a 17-year-old from Denver, was drunk driving when he slammed into another vehicle head-on and killed its driver. After his arrest, he was tried as an adult and placed in a county jail. Despite his frantic pleas not to be isolated, James was left alone in his cell when he tightened his bed-sheets around his neck and took his own life (Schwartz). Prison is not a place for children; it is filled with harmful influences and has excessive negative consequences.