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

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) 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.