House passes bill to raise age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18

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The age of criminal responsibility in Texas would rise from 17 to 18 under a bill House lawmakers passed Thursday. House Bill 122, known as the "Raise the Age" bill, would move 17-year-old offenders from the adult criminal justice system to its juvenile justice counterpart starting in 2021. Advocates say treating 17-year-olds as juveniles makes sense; they say their rehabilitation needs are similar to younger teens in the juvenile justice system and that the move would keep them safe from exploitation by older prisoners. They also argue their recidivism rates would drop. And transferring the t...

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