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Old 04 June 2014, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Elkhound View Post
Isn't that what "emancipation" is for?
Roughly 20,00 children are emancipated in the US every year.

Roughly 250,000 are tried as adults.

And I'd wager emancipation for 12 year olds is statistically insignificant.

22 states have no minimum age at which someone can be tried as an adult. 2 set it at 10 years old. The remaining ones vary from 12 to 15.

Near as I can tell the youngest age where emancipation is even really an option is 14 or so and usually not until 16.

So yeah emancipation does exist as a concept, but it's obviously not "balancing out" juveniles being tried as adult.
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