“Raise the Age” law allows 17-year-olds to be tried as juveniles

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(12/11/18) Next year will bring changes to the way 17-year-olds are prosecuted in the state of Louisiana.

Current law prosecutes all 17-year-old children as adults, no matter the crime committed.

When March first rolls around, they will no longer be tried as adults if they are arrested.

But this only applies to those who commit non-violent crimes.

If a 17 year old commits a violent crime, they still will be tried as an adult.

The discussion today created quite a stir among the leaders who gathered to work out the details of this law before it goes into effect.

The goal of the law is to give these children a second chance through programs and other resources available.

Some leaders are concerned that this law could burden the current system, while others believe they will be ready.

But as march first quickly approaches, leaders will have a plan in place.

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