18th November 2019

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Why are some juveniles tried as adults?

Some states have "automatic transfer" laws that require juvenile cases to be transferred to adult criminal court if both of the following are true. The offender is a certain age or older (usually 16). The charges involve a serious or violent offense, such as rape or murder.

Similarly one may ask, how many juveniles are tried as adults in a year?

Juveniles constitute 1,200 of the 1.5 million people housed in federal and state prisons in this country, and nearly 200,000 youth enter the adult criminal-justice system each year, most for non-violent crimes. On any given day, 10,000 juveniles are housed in adult prisons and jails.

Can a 16 year old be charged with a felony?

16- to 17-year-old who commit B-E felony - mandatory adult system unless prosecutor finds extraordinary circumstances for juvenile system. 13- to 17-year-olds who commit misdemeanor - juvenile court, but can transfer with hearing if also charged with a felony.

Can you go to jail for a minor?

It's now 18 years old. Minors can still receive adult prison sentences for crimes committed as a juvenile if they are serious enough, however. Depending on the age they will go to county jail or a youth facility. In Texas 17 is generally the age that they go to jail.
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