AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) today released a paper, "Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Texas," illustrating the benefits of prosecuting 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system.
The paper is authored by Dr. Derek Cohen, deputy director of the Center for Effective Justice at TPPF, and Haley Holik, policy analyst also with the Center for Effective Justice.
“Raising the age of the jurisdiction of the juvenile court to include 17-year-olds would create safer communities for Texans,” said Holik. “The juvenile justice system is the most effective venue to punish 17-year-olds, as evidence shows it produces lower re-offending rates among similarly situated youth adjudicated in the adult criminal justice system. The juvenile system encourages familial involvement and offers more rehabilitative programs, better equipping youth to get back on the straight and narrow.”
To read the full publication, please visit: http://txpo.li/2pybHAg
For more information or to request an interview with Dr. Cohen or Ms. Holik, please contact Alicia Pierce at [email protected] or 512-472-2700.
Derek Cohen, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of the Center for Effective Justice at Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Haley Holik is a policy analyst with the Center for Effective Justice at Texas Public Policy Foundation.
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