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Views differ on juvenile court bill

Legislation would remove 17-year-old criminal offenders from adult system

9:41 PM, Nov. 14, 2013
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In Wisconsin, 17-year-olds are prohibited from voting, drinking alcohol or buying cigarettes. But if they break the law, they're treated as adults.

It's been that way since 1996, but a bipartisan bill under consideration in the Legislature would largely reverse the law and return many non-violent offenders to juvenile court.

Portage County Justice Programs Director Ross Dick said the proposal is overdue, because 17-year-old's minds aren't yet fully developed and a youthful indiscretion shouldn't taint a person for a life. ...

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