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Change in SC law will raise juvenile age to 18 years old

Friday 14th of June 2019 | Amerique du Nord, États-Unis
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The state of South Carolina will soon raise the age a suspect is considered an adult to 18 years old.

As the law sits now, a 17-year-old is considered an adult. But starting July 1 they will be considered juveniles.

 “We know how to handle juveniles and it’s just basically that they’re one year older now,” said Assistant Solicitor Lauren Vinson with the 15th District.

Last year, Vinson dealt with nearly 1,700 cases, a number that is expected to double once 17-year-olds are considered juveniles.

“We are definitely expecting a major influx in juvenile cases at this point with 17-year-olds, as would be expected the older they get the bolder they get,” said Vinson.

Horry County Sheriff Chief Deputy Tom Fox is also anticipating an increase in transports to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

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