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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

'Raise the Age' Laws Could Reduce Recidivism For Young Offenders

You have to be 18 to vote in a general election or join the military without your parents’ consent — and you’ve got to be 21 before you can belly up to the bar.

But in some states, if you’re under 18 and you break the law, you’ll be treated as an adult, no matter how slight the crime — even if it’s just jumping a subway turnstile or shoplifting.

Sixteen-year-olds in New York and North Carolina are still funneled through adult criminal courts and housed in adult prisons and jails. In Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin, 17-year-olds are automatically prosecuted as adults.

Raising the age can have a huge impact on the lives of young people. Teens funneled into adult prisons do not have access to rehabilitative services that the juvenile justice system provides. And adult prisons can be extremely dangerous for teens.



Anonymous said...

Most liberals don't have adult intelligence and decision making capability - regardless of age! Are we going to coddle them forever? Lower the age for all of these to 18 - make these people responsible for their actions!

Anonymous said...

Old enough to do the crime, old enough to do the time!

Stop Mollycoddling these little troublemakers!