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Kissel Supports Notion That Troubled Youth are Redeemable

The Republican legislator weighs in on new juvenile crime bills.

Kissel Supports Notion That Troubled Youth are Redeemable

Last week Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield, threw his weight behind three bills that are aimed to help reform the process by which a juvenile offender enters the courts and prison system.

“I support the notion that youth are redeemable. If I can put less young people in juvenile facilities in my district that’s a good thing,” Kissel, who represents Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, Windsor Locks in the 7th Senate District, told the .

The three bills include measures to:

  • Gradually change the law so that children 17 years and younger are primarily treated as juvenile offenders.
  • Help children who are convicted of a crime transition back into school faster.
  • Require a court order to send anyone arrested on a juvenile charge to detention.

Log onto The Granbys Patch for more details on the laws and what Kissel and other legislators had to say.

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