Fewer Kids in Adult Courts

More states are moving away from prosecuting, detaining, and sentencing youth in the adult criminal justice system, according to a report released this week. The report, which examines trends in state legislatures across the country, found that 23 states have now passed legislation to reduce prosecuting youth in adult criminal courts and to stop placing kids in adult jails and prisons.

Among notable exceptions, however, are Florida, New York, Wisconsin, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.

The report is the latest update issued by the Campaign for Youth Justice, a national organization that advocates to keep youth under 18 out of adult courts, jails and prisons. The Campaign is a Public Welfare Foundation grantee.

Read the report here.

View the press release here.


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