Kids in Prison: Raising the Age

What's an adult? when it comes to crime, should a teenager be treated like one?

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Raising the Age

What's an adult?  And, when it comes to crime, should a teenager be treated like one?

Did you know that, up until 2010, 16-year-olds charged with most crimes in Connecticut were handled in the adult judicial system?  And did you know that until yesterday, the same could be said for 17-year-olds? The changes were at the heart of what was called the "raise the age" effort -- and today we'll talk to lawmakers an legal experts about how the new law has played out.

And last week the U.S. Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder.  In a split decision, the court's majority said sentences like that were cruel and unusual.

Sometimes, young people commit terrible crimes.  The question for today -- what's to be done with them when they do?


  

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Kids in the system

The 16 and 17 year old students in the system are most likely to be from poor families. An analysis that shows family income and racial status would be interesting.