States Roll Back Prosecuting Teens as Adults


An era of prosecuting juveniles as adults may be coming to an end in numerous states as criminal justice officials face a growing recognition that many underage offenders have been mishandled in the adult system, details a story in Sunday’s New York Times.
While states from Connecticut to Wisconsin have started to roll back the generation’s old policies, many other states remain resistant to the change, citing the higher cost of adding more people to the juvenile systems at a time of crushing budget problems, says the paper.

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John Fleming

John Fleming, the executive editor of the JJIE, has been in journalism for two decades. He was most recently at The Anniston (Ala.) Star as editorial page editor and later as editor at large.