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Bill seeks to put 17 year olds back into juvenile courtSubmitted: 10/31/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - 17 year olds who get in trouble may soon be back in juvenile court.

A bipartisan bill that would reverse a law requiring all 17-year-old offenders to be treated like adults is moving quickly.

The Assembly Corrections Committee was slated to vote on the bill Today.

A Senate committee is also holding a public hearing on the bill today.

The proposal only affects 17-year-olds charged with NON-violent crimes for the first time.


A variety of groups supports the change, including the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference and the state public defender.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is against it.

He says the current system works well.

Wisconsin is one of only 11 states where children under the age of 18 are automatically treated as adults, no matter the offense.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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