State Numbers Show Fewer Young People in Adult Prison
By Jeff Cohen
The state said that a new law aimed at getting juveniles out of the adult prison system is working. It’s called the “raise the age” law and was fully implemented last year.
The point was to take people under 18 out of the adult justice system for all but the most serious crimes. Instead, when arrested, they are now handled within the juvenile system.
New numbers released by the state show that the law is having its desired effect. While there were 326 people under 18 in adult prisons in an average month of 2009, there were only 89 in the same situation as of December 1….
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