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Advisory Panel Says Treat 17-Year-Olds As Juveniles
« on: February 28, 2013, 07:03:06 AM »

Advisory panel says treat 17-year-olds as juveniles

February 27, 2013 1:00 am  •  THE SOUTHERN

Illinois should stop automatically treating 17-year-olds charged with felonies as adults, a state juvenile justice advisory group recommended Tuesday.

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, a 24-member advisory group chaired by retired chief judge George Timberlake of Mount Vernon, issued its report after examining the impact of a 2010 change in state law.

Before 2010, anyone older than age 16 charged with any type of crime was treated as an adult and went through the adult court system.

In 2010, the General Assembly reached a compromise — 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors would be handled in the juvenile justice courts while 17-year-olds charged with felonies would still be prosecuted as adults.

Most states set 18 as the default age when criminal defendants will be treated as an adult. Illinois is one of only 12 states with a lower age, the commission reported.

Now that research demonstrates that the Illinois juvenile justice system “can manage the addition of 17-year-olds charged with felonies, it’s time to complete the reform,” Timberlake said in a statement.

The commission’s full report can be found at: www.ijjc.illinois.gov/rta.


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