Texas is one of only three states that automatically charge 17-year-olds as adults when they are suspected of committing a crime.
Our journalists across Texas are investigating what this means for these teenagers. How is a 17-year-old’s experience in the criminal justice system different than a 16-year-old’s? Data shows that teens of both ages tend to commit the same types of nonviolent offenses.
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