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Op-Ed: Raise age of juvenile jurisdiction

June 1, 2014

Texas is one of only 10 states that automatically places children under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. Overwhelming evidence suggests that sending 17-year-olds to adult jails - rather than keeping them in the juvenile justice system - needlessly destroys lives and threatens public safety by turning nonviolent teenagers into hardened criminals.

Read the rest of this op-ed at the Houston Chronicle.