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New laws raise the age on Vermont's juvenile offender status

Published: Jul. 5, 2018 at 4:52 PM EDT
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New laws could mean fewer young Vermonters end up in the adult criminal justice system.

As of this week, a law took effect that makes people under 21 eligible for juvenile offender status.

Another law from May will also incrementally allow 19- and 20-year-olds to be placed in the juvenile system. That's because research shows the brain isn't fully developed until your mid-20s.

These laws will not apply to violent offenses like murder and armed robbery.