Should Prosecutors Be Able to File Juvenile Cases in Adult Courts?

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California prosecutors' use of "direct filing" of cases against juveniles in adult courts is assessed by The Atlantic. In 2000, California voters approved Proposition 21, a measure that gave district attorneys the right to “direct file” in adult courts juvenile offenders who committed felonies and other serious crimes like murder and sex offenses. In all, 15 states and Washington, D.C., have such a mechanism in place. In 2014, 393 young people were direct filed and tried in state adult . . .

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