Summit Meeting at State Capitol on Juvenile Crime
What is the best way to deal with juvenile crime? A summit meeting at the state capitol is trying to come up with that answer. This week criminal justice groups came together and looked at ways to change the juvenile justice laws, some of which see juveniles put away for years.
Lindsey Linder with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition says that some sixteen year olds can be sentenced to forty years without parole. The current way of long sentences in both juvenile and adult prisons is not working according to Linder. She says a defact sentence is not the best way to deal with a juvenile offender.
Linder argues there is a human cost, as well as a cost to taxpayers who lock juveniles up and throw away the key.