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Texas has high rate of juveniles in adult prisons

Posted on March 30th, 2011 No Comments

According to Texas laws, judges are able to classify 14 to 17-year old juveniles as adults in cases involving felony criminal charges.  If convicted of the charges, juveniles certified as adults are sent to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to be placed in a state prison.

However, a judge is also able to allow juveniles facing violent felony charges to begin their sentence in the Texas Youth Commission and only move onto a state jail if necessary.

Between 2005 and 2010, around 1,300 juveniles in Texas were certified as adults by a judge.  About 860 of these youths were given determinate sentences beginning in the Texas Youth Commission.  In the majority of cases, both those juveniles classified as adults and those given determinate sentences, committed a violent crime and had one or no other prior juvenile criminal charges.

Having an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney at your side can be key in the outcome of a trial.  Contact the Houston juvenile criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about how we can help you.