Treating Teens Like Adults in Court


What’s an adult? And, when it comes to crime, should a teenager be treated like one?

Until 2010, 16-year-olds charged with most crimes in Connecticut were handled in the adult judicial system? And until last week, the same could be said for 17-year-olds.

The changes were at the heart of what was called the “raise the age” effort. Sometimes, young people commit terrible crimes. The question is — what’s to be done with them when they do?

Listen to the audio from lawmakers and legal experts here or download it here.

Jeff Cohen is a reporter for WNPR Connecticut and a 2012 John Jay/Tow Foundation Reporting Fellow. This story, which was part of Cohen's Fellowship Reporting project, originally appeared on July 2, 2012 on WNPR. Please listen to the original here.

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