Too young to vote, but treated as adult in criminal justice system – CSMonitor.com

LAFAYETTE, LA. — At 17, Devin Harris is not old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes. But when he was accused of trying to use someone else’s credit card to buy cigarettes, he swiftly realized that — at least when it comes to the criminal justice system — the state of Louisiana considers him to be an adult.”The last thing I wanted was to be in the system,” said Harris, who was in jail for nine nights in April because his mother could not afford the bond before he entered a pre-trial diversion program. For the teenager, those were long nights. “I called my dad, I ain’t talked to my dad in almost two years … I just needed somebody to talk to,” he said.Louisiana is one of nine states where 17-year-olds are treated as adults when it comes to the criminal justice system. However, that could change amid a time when jurisdictions across the country are re-evaluating get-tough-on-crime policies. Click Link Below for More.

Source: Too young to vote, but treated as adult in criminal justice system – CSMonitor.com

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