But, in a number of states, minors as young as 13 could be subjected to a waiver petition. And a few states allow children of any age to be tried as adults for.
Despite the establishment of a separate juvenile justice system over a century ago, youth are routinely charged and prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. Youth in the adult criminal justice system face a higher risk of sexual abuse, physical assault, and suicide.
In the s, laws did not distinguish between juveniles and adults within the criminal justice system. According to a PBS Frontline online.