The Criminalization of Childhood (2019)

Most states do not set a minimum age of prosecution in juvenile court. And although common sense knowledge of child development1 and international standards2 compel removal of younger children from the juvenile legal system, states have yet to heed the call. Because younger children are inherently more vulnerable,3 they should not be subject to the potential harms of juvenile court and the life-long consequences that stem from such involvement. States should strengthen community supports outside the justice system and set the minimum age of prosecution at 14 years old.

File Type: pdf
Categories: Gault Center Publications, Policy Tool, Resource Library
Tags: Age of Jurisdiction, National Analysis