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Youth must be 18 years old to open a bank account without their parent or legal guardian. This policy is meant to protect youth by ensuring that they have the guidance to make responsible and informed decisions about their finances when entering a legal contract with a bank.

However, when a child as young as 14 years old is charged as an adult, he or she must make critical and life changing legal decisions on their own – without the advice or consent of their parent.

Scientific evidence proves that a child’s brain works differently than an adult’s brain. Research shows that the part of the brain that deals with decision-making and risks and consequences is not fully developed in a youth. For more information on how treating youth as adults is contrary to scientific evidence, check out the Just Kids Report (see page 15) by following the link below.
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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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