In Louisiana as of now anyone who is seventeen years old and commits a crime will be tried and charged as an adult. However, on July 1st 2018, non violent offenders will be placed in the juvenile court system.
The violent offenders such as the ones who committed first and second degree murder, aggravated assault along with other crimes will still remain in adult court.
Two years later in July of 2020 all seventeen year old’s rather non violent or violent will be placed in the juvenile court system. But the district attorney will still have the statutory and constitutional rights to place fifteen through seventeen year old’s back into the adult court system.
Mack Lancaster who is the Fifth District Attorney who serves Franklin, Richmond and the West Carroll parishes.
He says that he is well aware of this Bill and agrees that seventeen is a young age to be in the adult system but also agrees that there are numerous seventeen year old’s who should be in adult facilities.