Thursday, March 17, 2011

States change laws, send fewer juveniles to adult court

Fewer kids in trouble are being sent to adult court because of a five-year trend of states changing laws to keep young offenders away from adult prison, according to a report out today from the Campaign for Youth Justice, a Washington, D.C., organization that focuses on the issu

About 250,000 youths under 18 are prosecuted in adult court annually, according to the report. Nearly 3,000 were held in adult prisons in 2009, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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