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Despite the establishment of a separate juvenile justice system over a century ago, youth are routinely charged and prosecuted in the adult criminal justice.

In California, youth as young as 14 can be tried as adults at the discretion of a juvenile court judge. When young people are transferred out of the juvenile system.

Most juveniles tried as adults, and/or placed in adult facilities, are being denied education and subjected to various dangers.