WLTX: ‘We all have done things in our past’: Raise the Age law goes into effect July 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Big changes in store for our state Monday. 17-year-olds who commit crimes will no longer be considered adults, instead juveniles thanks to the Raise the Age law. “We all have done things in our past especially when we were children,” Department of Juvenile Justice Director Freddie Pough said. Soon enough 17-year-olds will … More WLTX: ‘We all have done things in our past’: Raise the Age law goes into effect July 1

Post & Courier: SC’s Raise the Age law is about to go into effect. How it will be implemented remains vague.

SC’s Raise the Age law is about to go into effect. How it will be implemented remains vague. Three years ago, South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill that raised the maximum age from 17 to 18 that teenagers could be considered adults in the criminal justice system. The measure goes into effect July and will … More Post & Courier: SC’s Raise the Age law is about to go into effect. How it will be implemented remains vague.

WSPA: 17 year olds no longer classified as adults in SC Judicial System

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 … More WSPA: 17 year olds no longer classified as adults in SC Judicial System

Legislature needs to fund SC law designed to reduce crimes committed by young people

By Sheriff Leon Lott I’ve experienced many changes over the years in our criminal justice system – some good, some not so good – and I am concerned that one law beneficial to our young people might slip through our fingers. Three years ago, then-Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation that raised the age at which a teenager … More Legislature needs to fund SC law designed to reduce crimes committed by young people