Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee will recommend that children younger than 12 not be tried in the juvenile court system

“We’re talking about 8, 9, 10, 11-year-old children that, as we heard earlier, the rest of the western world has decided belong in court zero percent of the time,” said Abby Anderson, the executive director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance. “These are kids. And that doesn’t mean they don’t do things wrong, and it doesn’t mean other people can’t get hurt, but to criminalize them is a very, very serious thing that we are doing, and it has implications that are irreversible.”

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