Alabama lawmakers debate changes to juvenile system

(WTVM) - Alabama lawmakers this session could consider making significant changes to the state's juvenile justice system.

Advocates say Alabama has continued to lock up too many kids in detention facilities for low-level offenses.

Now, legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate that seeks to limit which children get sent to lock-up or automatically moved to adult court.

The Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force said nearly two-thirds of juvenile referrals have been sent to jail for probation violations or misdemeanor offenses.
Lawmakers will begin debate on the bill soon.

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