Posts tagged "Juvenile Justice Commission"

The Barber Shop Poll: Should 17 year-olds be charged as adults or minors?

This week on the Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio on Vocalo 89.5 FM, we’re talking about 17 year-olds in the criminal justice system. Currently, if a 17-year-old commits a felony in Illinois, they’re automatically charged as adults. That means they spend time in adult jail, get adult sentences and sent to adult prison. But... Read more »

State commission: 17-year-olds should be charged as minors, not adults

State commission: 17-year-olds should be charged as minors, not adults
Are 17-year-olds adults, or not? The answer is murky in Illinois. If they’re the victim of a crime, 17-year-olds are considered kids. The same goes if they break curfew, are charged with a misdemeanor, like marijuana possession, or try to buy cigarettes or vote. But when it comes to felonies, the teens are adults. Period.... Read more »