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New report proposes upper age boundaries of 21

Authors at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government have released a new report Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction. The authors argue for policy that supports upper age of delinquency jurisdiction boundaries in the U.S., to better align with the current knowledge of adolescent development and transition into adult roles. Currently no state sets a boundary for original jurisdiction above age 17, but several extend jurisdiction to age 21 or older.

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