COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – Seventeen year olds charged with a crime in South Carolina will no longer be tried as adults starting July 1st.
Three years ago, South Carolina lawmakers unanimously approved a bill that raised the age in the state’s definition of a child.
“So that 17 year olds are no longer treated as adults in our court system,” explained Tracey Tucker with Campaign for Youth Justice.
The law raises the age from 17 to 18. Currently, 17 year olds who commit a crime in the state are tried as adults.