PBS News Weekend

Season 6, Episode 56 of 99

The federal Justice Department counts 500,000 juveniles facing criminal charges, serving time, or on probation in the U.S., and every state still allows prosecutors to charge children as adults for certain crimes. But now all but two states have changed their laws to "raise the age" by which youth are processed as adults in criminal matters, partly because of a research on the high social costs and risks that come with arresting and detaining minors in adult jails and prisons. On Sunday, NewsHour Weekend's Ivette Feliciano reports on the debate over adult criminal responsibility in New York, one of two states that treats 16 and 17-year-olds as adults.

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