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

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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This petition was delivered to:
  • State Representative
    Patti Fritz
  • State Representative
    Kathy Brynaert
  • State Representative
    Will Morgan
  • State Representative
    Joyce Peppin
  • State Representative
    Kim Norton
  • State Representative
    Rena Moran
  • State Representative
    Tara Mack
  • State Representative
    Erik Simonson
  • State Representative
    Gene Pelowski
  • State Representative
    Bud Nornes
  • State Representative
    Jean Wagenius
  • State Representative
    Sheldon Johnson
  • State Representative
    Carlos Mariani
  • State Representative
    Mary Holberg
  • State Representative
    Jerry Hertaus
  • State Representative
    John Ward 2
  • State Representative
    Duane Quam


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