Juvenile or adult? California bill would raise age for prosecution from 18 to 20

By Andrew Sheeler in the Sacramento Bee

January 28, 2020

A California lawmaker argues that 18- and 19-year-olds aren’t mature enough to do prison time if they break the law, and so she has submitted a bill that would treat them like juveniles.

Under the proposed bill, 20 would be the new age when someone would automatically face criminal charges as an adult.

“When teenagers make serious mistakes and commit crimes, state prison is not the answer,” said bill sponsor Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. “Processing teenagers through the juvenile justice system will help ensure they receive the appropriate education, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation services necessary to achieve real public safety outcomes.”

Read more at the Sacramento Bee.