Treating Minors Who Commit Crimes Like Minors, Not Adults

Oct 30, 2013

"Lock 'em up and throw away the key" was once the attitude toward minors convicted of crimes in the United States. 

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We still hear of cases of children being tried and convicted in adult court and sentenced to adult prison, but states continue to pass laws taking a different approach toward youthful offenders.

Both Oregon and California passed such laws in recent years.  Reps from the Partnership for Safety and Justice and the Campaign for Youth Justice will explain the changes.