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Juveniles Tried As Adults

If a child under the age of 16 is charged with a crime, he or she is tried in juvenile court. But under Indiana state law, a juvenile can be waived to adult court primarily if he or she commits an act determined to be “heinous or aggravated, or as part of a repetitive pattern of delinquent acts.” Opponents of the waiver have argued that adult courts are too harsh, while juvenile courts are geared toward rehabilitation. But many believe recurring behaviors and serious crimes must be punished with the severity of adult courts.

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Jody Madeira- IU law professor

David Powell- Head of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council

Dan Schoeder- Defense attorney with the Indiana Public Defender’s Juvenile Court in Marion County

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