Raising the Floor: Increasing the Minimum Age of Transfer to Adult Court

Campaign for Youth Justice CFYJ squareState legislatures across the country are passing laws to “raise the floor” by raising the minimum age at which a child could be prosecuted as an adult, according to a new brief by the Campaign for Youth Justice. The report highlights legislative efforts in a variety of states including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont that have raised their minimum age of transfer for children into the adult system. The report also offers recommendations for states, including starting all youth in juvenile court—where there is an opportunity for individual needs to be considered before the collateral consequences associated with an adult court record are imposed—as well as simultaneously collecting and analyzing data on the long-term impact on youth and public safety.