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Brazil's new idea to fight crime: Sentence teens to adult jails

Updated

The US is moving toward lowering its prison population. Brazil may go in the opposite direction. Its Congress is considering lowering the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16. That would send thousands of adolescents to a dangerous adult prison system with 200,000 too many inmates.

Justice

Brazil's new idea to fight crime: Sentence teens to adult jails

Updated

The US is moving toward lowering its prison population. Brazil may go in the opposite direction. Its Congress is considering lowering the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16. That would send thousands of adolescents to a dangerous adult prison system with 200,000 too many inmates.