Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley charges more teens as adults than any other prosecutor i
This is an incredibly important conversation that our community leaders and Judges need to be having.
While there are certainly circumstances that require juvenile offenders to be treated as adults, the sharp uptick of juvenile bindovers in Cuyahoga County is alarming.
In the two-and-a-half years since Mike O’Malley was elected, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office “has prosecuted 236 juveniles as adults, the statistics say. More than 90 percent of those juveniles are black, the ACLU said.”
“The office prosecuted 234 teenagers as adults over the PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS.”
“Research shows that children who commit crimes and are treated like adults are more likely to return to crime after they are released from adult prison. Sending them to adult court and to adult prison means they will not get access to the same rehabilitative programs designed for people their age. It also slaps them with a felony conviction that follows them around for life and could turn off potential future employers.”