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Legislation to raise age of juveniles tried as adults (access required)

On any given day, 10,000 juveniles are housed in adult prisons and jails nationwide, according to the Equal Justice Initiative. Under Virginia law, juveniles 14 and older must be tried as adults when charged with first- or second-degree murder or aggravated malicious wounding - a non-fatal attack intended to kill or maim. “The drinking age is 21... ...