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What happens to teens accused of murder? Ventura County grapples with question

What happens to teens accused of murder? Ventura County grapples with question

Originally posted in the Ventura County Star.

The Ventura County Star quotes CJCJ's Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn in an article about California Senate Bill (SB) 1391, which ends transfers of 14- and 15-year-olds to the adult criminal justice system.


From the article:

“Just because they’ve made a horrible mistake, a terrible misjudgment, it does not mean they are beyond hope for redemption,” said Samantha Buckingham, director of Loyola Law School’s Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. 

The mother of Lopez’s two young children said she and others in the slain Oxnard man’s family were upset about the new law but did not return requests for further comment. 

Maureen Washburn, a policy analyst for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco, said she did not know the circumstances surrounding the Oxnard cases but said generally a situation involving a minor accused in two murders indicates a real problem. 

“These cases really underscore the need for recognizing that the young people need additional rehabilitation and support and treatment and that’s not something they’re going to receive in the adult system,” Washburn said. 

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