Juvenile Justice Reform In Massachusetts, Washington
September 23, 2013 | From the field | Juvenile Justice

Massachusetts passed a bill to raise the age at which youth are tried as juveniles from 16 to 17. Currently the state treats 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of the circumstances or severity of the offense. Washington State passed into law a bill reforming several significant school discipline processes. The new law ends the use of indefinite open-ended exclusions from school, assists students returning to school, and provides for the collection of more robust discipline data. The Foundation's Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems is active in both states.

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