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Lawrence county case highlighted in University of Texas report

The case of a Lawrence county child accused of killing his father's pregnant girlfriend is singled out in a report that is critical of the treatment of juveniles in the United States justice system.

Jordan Brown, 11, is used as an example in the section of "From timeout to hard time: Young children in the criminal justice system,"  that deals with Pennsylvania.

"Some highly publicized cases involving very young offenders arose out of Pennsylvania, including the nationally-profiled case of 11-year-old Jordan Brown, awaiting trial as an adult for shooting and killing his father's pregnant girlfriend," the report states.

It goes on to explain PA's three methods for trying juveniles as adults, which either allow for judicial discretion, making transfers to adult court automatic or applying a "once an adult, always an adult" standard.

PA allows for reverse waivers, so that a judge has discretion to send a case back to juvenile court if it is deemed appropriate.


 
 

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