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Massachusetts Raises Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction to Age 18

On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation which raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years.  The legislation, H. 1432 “An Act Expanding Juvenile Jurisdiction,” expands juvenile court jurisdiction to 17-year-olds accused of crimes, and also provides for them to be ordered into the custody of the Department […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Lawmaker: (Juvenile) Sentencing Reforms Will Stall, The Boston Herald Gov. Deval Patrick’s sentencing reforms – which include making young first-degree murderers eligible for parole after just 15 years – will face skepticism and resistance on Beacon Hill from lawmakers, a top Democratic lawmaker told the Herald. ‘To restrict a court’s ability (to sentence) to 15 […]