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Treating youth like adults is inconsistent with our other laws, as well as scientific evidence.

Science has proven that the part of the brain that deals with decision-making, risks and consequences doesn’t fully develop until a person’s early 20’s.

Setting the voting age at 18 helps ensure that a young person has an understanding of the long-term consequences of the vote they cast, both for themselves and for our country.

In Maryland, youth as young as 14 can be charged as an adult and are solely responsible to make decisions that have long-term consequences effecting their lives.

Why doesn’t Maryland law reflect what we know about brain development?

Want to LEARN MORE and get INVOLVED?

Get the facts! For more information on youth in the adult criminal justice system visit the Just Kids Website and check out the Just Kids Report or its Executive Summary.

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