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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Raise the Age

The Charlotte Observer ran an editorial yesterday supporting legislation that would raise the age on juvenile justice cases. You can read it here. The law would treat those 16 and 17 years old as juveniles, as the majority of states do. Currently anyone 16 or older is treated as an adult. The difference of one year is monumental. As the editorial highlights, prosecuting a 16 year old does not reduce crime. Rearrests rates are higher for those who are sent through the adult criminal system.

This bill never made it out of committee last time. I hope it gets father this time. Anyone who wants to support raising the age can go to this website for further information.

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