Philip Chism will be tried as an adult on the murder charge. The teen has also been charged with aggravated rape and armed robbery in connection with the death of the Danvers High School teacher, Colleen Ritzer.
A third of false confessions come from youths under 18. Youths are more easily intimidated and less adept at understanding the ramifications of their statements than adults. They should not be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.
The Tow Foundation focuses on Connecticut organizations that work to change how courts treat young people and that help youths stay out of trouble, its executive director says.
The juvenile incarceration in the US rate has fallen 41 percent in the past 15 years, reaching the lowest level since 1975, a new study finds. What is behind the rapid decline?