Rietz not opposed to new recommendation on juvenile court
The Champaign County state's attorney said she does not disagree with a state recommendation to try all 17-year olds as juveniles.
For many years, teenagers in Illinois were charged in adult criminal court once they turned 17. But in 2010, the Legislature changed the law and placed 17-year olds facing misdemeanor charges in juvenile court.
Now, the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission is making the case for a change. Under the proposal, 17-year olds would be eligible for transfer to adult court for serious crimes, such as murder, sexual assault and gun crimes.
State's Attorney Julia Rietz says the split system has caused great confusion.
Rietz also said she supports making either 17 or 18 the age when a young person becomes an adult in the eyes of the law, as along it applies to both felonies and misdemeanors for that age group.
The change in law is in the hands of the General Assembly. There's no indication on when lawmakers would consider the change.