States rethinking cutoff for trying teens as adults

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March 6, 2011
New York Times    
Posted in News, PND News

"A generation after record levels of youth crime spurred a nationwide movement to prosecute more teenagers as adults, a consensus is emerging that many young delinquents have been mishandled by the adult court system. Last year, Connecticut stopped treating all 16-year-old defendants as adults, and next year will do the same for 17-year-olds. Illinois recently transferred certain low-level offenders younger than 18 into its juvenile system. ... By year’s end, New York might be the only state in which adulthood, in criminal matters, begins on the 16th birthday." (03/06/11)  

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