The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

The Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

A Study of the Implications of Treating Seventeen-Year-Olds as Adults in the New Hampshire Criminal Justice System
PRS Briefs
PRS Policy Brief 1011-13
May 01, 2011
Lauren
Bowman
Grace
Hart
Soo
Joo
Lee
Kali
Montecalvo
Melanie
Wilcox

Executive Summary

This report examines the effects and implications of the 1996 New Hampshire law that transferred seventeen-year-old offenders to the adult criminal justice system. It analyzes the benefits and drawbacks of this decision with the available budget and recidivism data. The report also compares New Hampshires policy to those of other states and examines the implications of trying seventeen-year-olds as adults in other states. Innovative alternative policy options for the treatment of seventeen-year-old criminal such as a blended sentencing approach, teen courts, and alternative specialized courts are also examined as possible policy options.

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