This bill would automatically waive juvenile court jurisdiction over children 12 years and older who have been accused of attempted murder or murder, sending children through the adult court and prison system.
The ACLU of Indiana believes all young people should remain in the juvenile justice system, regardless of their crimes. When youth under 18 are incarcerated in adult jails and prisons, these children are at greater risk of suicide and physical and sexual assault.
In addition, by adding “attempted murder” to the waiver, this bill gives prosecutors immense discretion to charge a 12-year old in a way that will land that child in adult court and prison. This type of discretion may be wielded against marginalized populations, specifically children of color in the juvenile justice system.