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MD Advocates Look At Changes In Juvenile Crime Laws

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland advocates continue the fight the rights of juveniles who are arrested.

They're looking to repeal a part of a law that currently prohibits a court from transferring a case involving a child accused of a crime to juvenile court. Currently, the law states that if a child was found guilty of a crime then arrested for another crime, they would go straight to the adult court system.

"It allows the judge to be the decision maker and not the police and the prosecutor," said Kara Aanenson of Just Kids Partnership. "What we see is that judges are able to review all of the facts and look at the cases, they are able to make informed decisions about what's best for our kids."

The bill was amended in the Senate and is being heard in the House.

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