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Arizona Bill Seeks to Shield Oldest Juveniles from Adult Charges [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

 

A  bill in Arizona aims to reduce the number of juveniles who are charged as adults while also allowing youth offenders to remain in rehabilitative and other programs until they turn 19.

House Bill 2356, according to a fact sheet issued by the Children’s Action Alliance (CAA), “allows the juvenile court to retain jurisdiction over a juvenile who is at least 17 years old and who has been adjudicated delinquent until the person reaches 19 years old. This bill will prevent many older youths with less serious offenses from being prosecuted as adults in the criminal justice system.”

“Currently youth cannot be kept on probation or in the state’s Department of Juvenile Correction beyond the age of 18,” said Beth Rosenberg, director of child welfare and juvenile justice for CAA, in an email to The Chronicle of Social Change.

[For more on this story by  Christie Renick, go to https://chronicleofsocialchang...a-juvenile-law/30190]

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