A new report shows juveniles charged as adults still end up in adult prisons. The report also shows 90 percent of young people charged as adults plead guilty.
Elaine Nekritz is a Democrat from Chicago’s northern suburbs.
"The charging decision makes a big difference as to what the outcome is for any particular child and if you start out with them in a situation where they’re charged as an adult and charged with a very serious crime, they’re of course going to plea because they just really don’t have a lot of options there," says Nekritz.
Nekritz says if juvenile court judges see the young person earlier, the judge can make better decisions about how the criminal case should proceed.