State lawmakers in Maine are looking at a bill that would ban the prosecution of young children. If the plan passes, Maine would be one of only three states to set a minimum age of 12 years old for people who can face criminal prosecution.

As part of an ongoing effort to improve Maine’s juvenile justice system the bill, named “An Act to Provide the Right to Counsel for Juveniles and Improve Due Process for Juveniles,” would also do away with the mandatory minimum of one year for those who are committed to the state’s juvenile detention center.

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Lauren Klosinski

ALI Staff

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