From The Center Square:

Nina Bala, associate director of criminal justice and civil liberties at The R Street Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public research organization, previously told The Center Square that childhood mistakes don’t necessarily define future potential.

Bala cited sexual abusehigher recidivism rates and cognitive development as reasons the juvenile system is separate from the adult system.

“They can’t join the army, buy a lottery ticket, so they are adults only for this purpose, which is pretty strange,” Bala said, adding that the Supreme Court has ruled that children should be treated differently than adults.