Louisiana May Soon Start Treating Most Juvenile Offenders As Juveniles
Some lawmakers in the state want to raise the age to reform the criminal justice system.By Eugene Daniels | May 14, 2016
In nine states in America, 17-year-olds are tried as adults after committing any crime. But a nationwide movement and legislators in a few of those states are hoping to change that.
In Louisiana, the House is considering a bill that would raise the age to 18 for someone to be automatically tried as an adult for minor crimes. The bill's sponsor Sen. J.P. Morrell told press "having 17-year-olds not stigmatized by an adult conviction — having those kids finish school and become taxpayers and workers — that's a goal we all share."
The Louisiana Senate has already voted in favor of the bill, and it's been one of the governor's key issues, because he says the juvenile "justice system does a better job preventing recidivism than the adult correction system." The bill would still allow for those who commit "more serious offenses" to be charged as adults.