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upcoming bill: H.B. 7332 …we strongly oppose it!
“An Act Concerning Public Safety and the Welfare of Repeat Juvenile Offenders and their Victims” (H.B. 7332)
Tuesday, March 12th at 11am - Public Safety and Security Committee Hearing, Room 2A of Legislative Office Building
This bill would make it easier for prosecutors to try juveniles as adults, a practice we oppose for many reasons, including:
Research shows that putting juveniles in adult jail does not improve public safety, it increases recidivism among juvenile offenders
Youth of color are far more likely to be transferred to adult court than white youth, simply because of the color of their skin
The legislature should be funding community-based diversion strategies with the money they saved closing CJTS
Several other states have piloted anti-car-theft programs that don’t involve trying youth as adults...those programs should be the model