Nearly half of the states have enacted laws and policies reducing the prosecution of youth in adult criminal courts and ending the placement of youth in adult jails and prisons, the Campaign for Youth Justice reported in State Trends: Legislative Victories from 2011-2013 Removing Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System.

The report found that 11 states passed laws limiting state authority to detain youth in adult jails and prisons, and four states raised the age at which youth are automatically prosecuted in adult courts. In addition, 12 states changed their laws to make it more likely that youth will stay in the juvenile justice system.

You can read the report here.

A new report, updating progress in the 2013-2014 legislative session, is available here.

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