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Louisiana Senate backs slight delay to "Raise the Age" law

1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago Wednesday, May 02 2018 May 2, 2018 May 02, 2018 5:50 AM May 02, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's plans to raise the age of adult prosecution would be delayed, under a bill that won unanimous Senate support.

Lawmakers in 2016 agreed to stop automatically routing 17-year-olds through the adult criminal justice system when arrested. The juvenile justice system is supposed to start handling 17-year-olds charged with non-violent crimes July 1.

Offenders charged with more serious or violent crimes join two years later.

Under the proposed changes, those charged with non-violent crimes would move to the juvenile justice system on March 1, 2019 - if the Office of Juvenile Justice says there's money to accommodate the increased caseload. Those charged with more serious crimes would be moved on March 1, 2020.

Senators voted 37-0 for the proposal Tuesday, sending it to the House.

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