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Task force weighs raising juvenile court age

Wednesday 27th of February 2019 | Amerique du Nord, États-Unis
Commonwealth Magazine
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Eleven years later, he’s gone through both the Department of Youth Services and, starting at 19, the Middlesex House of Correction. He has perspective on the differences between the juvenile and adult systems to offer to a state task force weighing whether to recommend raising the age for entry into the adult criminal justice system.

“My mom thinks that if I had been in juvie till I was 21, with active cases, that the juvenile system would have helped me more,” Williams said. He described support from youth case workers, consistent mental health services, and the absence of hard drugs in the juvenile system as reasons to keep young adults away from county corrections facilities or state prisons.

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