Minnesota: Don't Try 10-Year-Olds As Adults
  • Petitioned State Rep. Patti Fritz

This petition was delivered to:

Minnesota-024B
State Rep. Patti Fritz
Minnesota-010A
State Rep. John Ward
Minnesota-033A
State Rep. Jerry Hertaus
Minnesota-058A
State Rep. Mary Holberg
Minnesota-065B
State Rep. Carlos Mariani
Minnesota-067B
State Rep. Sheldon Johnson
Minnesota-063B
State Rep. Jean Wagenius
Minnesota-008A
State Rep. Bud Nornes
Minnesota-028A
State Rep. Gene Pelowski
Minnesota-007B
State Rep. Erik Simonson
Minnesota-057A
State Rep. Tara Mack
Minnesota-065A
State Rep. Rena Moran
Minnesota-025B
State Rep. Kim Norton
Minnesota-034A
State Rep. Joyce Peppin
Minnesota-056B
State Rep. William Morgan
Minnesota-019B
State Rep. Kathy Brynaert
Minnesota-025A
State Rep. Duane Quam

Minnesota: Don't Try 10-Year-Olds As Adults

    1. Matt Kelley
    2. Petition by

      Matt Kelley

      New Haven, CT

A bill pending before the Minnesota legislature would allow judges to try children as young as 10 as adults in the state. A growing body of evidence shows that adult trials and long periods of incarceration are not the answer for children convicted of crimes, even the most violent crimes.

While terrible crimes are sometimes committed by young people, there is little benefit to society by punishing kids for actions they don't fully understand. Treatment and rehabilitation are never more important than when the defendant is a child. Tell members of the Minnesota House Committee on Public Safety, Crime Prevention Policy and Finance that "Emily's Law" is a counterproductive proposition and that state resources could be much better spent on treatment and services for young people and crime victims.

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Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Proposed Minnesota violent crime law allows 10-year-olds to be tried as adults

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Tell Minnesota: 10-Year-Olds Don't Belong in Adult Court

      Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      A bill pending before the Minnesota legislature would allow judges in the state to try 10-year-olds as adults for offenses involving murder, manslaughter, assault, aggravated robbery or sexual conduct. This is a mistake for so many reasons, and we...

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    • Lora Bailey VERMILION, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      No child that young can possibly have full understanding or responsibility of any crime they could commit. Society should hold some responsibility.

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    • K Glenn HOPKINS, MN
      • over 3 years ago

      Minnesota has cut programs for youth from school to afterschool programs, they have also cut programs that benefits low income families and now they (MN) want to build a football stadium for a football team that have NOT won a superbowl, which will cost trillions of dollars, and now MN want to put our 10 year olds behind prison bars!!!! I don't understand, I think it's sad that we as a nation can lock our youth behind bars, while cutting programs that will enhance their growth, and spend trillions of dollars on a football stadium....

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    • Angela Lagomarsino SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Why isn't this extinct yet. Again, is there any mention of ecomomic justice. Just for giggles consider that I've witnessed too many highly pitched and dangerous boughts of sibling rivalry. This also isn't a topic in their list.

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    • Leslie Gray OLYMPIA, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Children as young as 10 years old do not fully understand the weight of their own actions. Stop the tide of punishing children as adults.

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    • Marysol Rodriguez SALINAS, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      even though some kids do crimes that are considered really bad, if they are trialed as adults that means that adult rules comes into play, and that is probably the worst feeling any parent can have to wonder if their child would spend the rest of their life in prison. yes there are times when trialing a child as an adult can be a good thing but all kids? talk about issues when they are adults

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