Results

After Connecticut raised the age for 16-year-olds in 2010, youth crime continued to drop — so much so that the state closed one of its three juvenile detention centers shortly before 17-year-olds joined the juvenile system. Even after complete implementation of Raise the Age, the state spent less on its juvenile justice system than it had a decade earlier. Raise the Age did require different services for an older cohort, such as more vocational and independent living support. This is an area of the reform advocates and others are still working to address.

How were kids affected?

What did it cost?

How did the system change?

How was public safety affected?

Were there unintended consequences?