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Justice for Kids: Keeping kids on the right side of the law

Teenagers

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Statement of Support

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As of the passage of H.1432 on September 18, 2013, Massachusetts no longer one automatically tries and sentences 17-year-olds accused of crimes as adults.

This is a historic advance for the children and families of the Commonwealth. 17-year-olds will no longer be automatically treated as adults, regardless of the circumstances or severity of the offence. They will no longer be held in jail with adults or tried in adult criminal court. They will no longer bear the stigma of an adult criminal record, with serious barriers to future employment, education, and housing. 

Instead, these young people will be placed in a system where they have a much greater chance of successful outcomes - a system in which staff are specially trained to deal with adolescents, parents are notified and involved, and kids can access the education and rehabilitative services they need to become healthy and successful adults.

CfJJ is now in the implementation and evaluation phase of its Justice for Kids campaign.

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"What does the bill change?" "Will this affect public safety?" Get answers to your questions on the Justice for Kids bill here.

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Does your state sentence 16-year-olds or 17-year-olds as adults? Check out our map of juvenile jurisdiction ages in the U.S.

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