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Kids in Cuffs: Hundreds of Youths Charged as Adults in PA Every Year

Tuesday 5th of February 2019 | Amerique du Nord, États-Unis
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On any given day, dozens of children ages 14-17 are housed in adult jails in counties across Pennsylvania while facing charges in adult court.

Most will see their cases dismissed or moved to juvenile proceedings, but not before they spend weeks, months or even years locked up with adults, according to a review of court records conducted by The Sentinel.

In 1995, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed Act 33, which requires people between the ages of 15 and 17 charged with certain felonies — like robbery or aggravated assault — to be charged in adult court if they meet certain requirements, such as the use of a weapon during the alleged crime.

Anyone younger than 15 charged in the same cases will be sent through the juvenile system.

Prior to Act 33, criminal homicide was the only charge ranking above infractions like traffic tickets that automatically pulled people younger than 18 into adult court.

Lauren Fine, co-founder and co-director of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project, said the passage of Act 33 in 1995 proved to be pivotal in how juvenile cases are handled.

Fine’s organization provides services to help youths transfer out of the adult system and into the juvenile system.

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