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Should Texas Change the Law to Keep 17-Year-Olds Out of Adult Prison?

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Do 17-year-old offenders belong in adult prison? Would there be benefits to raising the age of responsibility to 18 instead? The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, alongside several other groups including the ACLU of Texas and Texans Care for Children, are pushing to have the age of responsibility raised in the 2019 legislative session. In 2013, there were 12 states left in the country that had not raised the age of responsibility. In 2017, Texas is…
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New Study Supports “Raise the Age” Campaign for Juvenile Offenders

Should 17-year-old offenders be charged as adults? We’ve blogged in the past about efforts and arguments to raise the age of responsibility from 17 to 18. New data from a broad coalition of groups working to raise the age shows that 17-year-olds face much poorer outcomes than 16-year-olds who commit similar crimes. And yet, the law still remains the same. Statistics on the Issue The offenses typically committed by 17-year-olds do not differ much from…
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Raising the Age of Responsibility in Texas

In Texas, a 17-year-old is considered an adult for the purposes of the criminal system. Because of this, there is a problem within the criminal justice system – a disconnect between how 17-year-olds are generally treated in society and how, despite that, they must face adult sentences and punishments for some crimes, such as drug crimes. Should the age of responsibility be raised? In 2015, more than 22,000 17-year-olds were arrested in Texas. Those who…
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Why Are Some Minors Tried as Adults in Texas?

For some crimes in Texas, it is not uncommon for the prosecution to seek to try accused minors as adults. But how did this come to be? When does a minor get tried as an adult? Changes to Texas Law In 1995, Texas laws changed regarding juvenile justice statutes. The changes affected juvenile certifications. Juvenile certification is the process of how courts determine whether a minor can be tried as an adult. Before 1995, a…
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