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July 28, 2009

Children as young as 7 can be prosecuted as adults and serve adult prison terms , report finds

A new report published by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas finds that in 22 states and the District of Columbia children as young as 7 can be prosecuted in adult court and subject to mandatory sentences and adult prison terms.  A New York Times editorial calls on Congress to “amend the juvenile justice act to require the states to simply end these inhumane practices to be eligible for federal juvenile justice funds.”


Issue Area(s): Incarceration, Sentencing Policy, Juvenile Justice