San Diego Law Review


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The trend toward "get tough" policies concerning juveniles has swept through just about every state in the nation, affecting younger and younger minors. In Texas in 1997, not long after a tougher law was passed, a fourteen-year-old girl accused of murder became the youngest juvenile ever to stand trial as an adult in Tarrant County. Texas lowered the age from fifteen to fourteen in a 1995 revision of the state's juvenile justice code. In Michigan, an eleven-year-old boy, Nathaniel Abraham, became one of the youngest persons in the United States to be tried for murder as an adult; he allegedly shot his victim while perched in a tree. Michigan changed the law in 1996, giving prosecutors the authority to charge any child under fourteen as an adult for certain serious crimes.'"