The Crime Report Looks into Practice of Trying Teens in Adult Court
By Liz Wu, June 18 2012
Over at The Crime Report, Cara Tabachnick takes a look at the practice of trying teens in adult court. She writes:
Nathan Jordan is serving a 170-year sentence at Sterling Correction Facility in Colorado for aggravated robbery, motor vehicle theft and possession of a weapon.
But most of his crimes, which did not result in anyone’s death or injury, took place in in the late 1990s, before he was 18 . According to Colorado law, he was a juvenile offender.
So how did Jordan end up with the kind of sentence that might be meted out to serial killers or career criminals?
The answer is devastatingly simple: he was tried in adult court.
Topics: Colorado, Juvenile Justice Reform, New York, No bio box, North Carolina, Vermont