Editorial on Youthful Offenders Was Misguided

Nadia Mozaffar, fredericksburg.com •

Your Jan. 29 editorial [“Teenage killers should be tried as adults”] opposing the passage of bills HB274 and HB477, both of which would reduce the number of youth who are tried in the adult justice system, is misguided.

Both research and common sense teach that kids are different than adults.

The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that their developmental immaturity makes them less blameworthy for their crimes and has banned the most severe sentences for children.

About the Expert

Nadia Mozaffar is a staff attorney at Juvenile Law Center. Her work focuses on advancing educational rights and opportunities for children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, economic justice issues, and protecting the rights of young people in the adult justice system.