There’s an amorphous moral dichotomy of justice at stake when kids are tried as adults. On one hand, these are kids who, as a result of being tried as adults, can be housed with adults in prison instead of juvenile detention centers. But on the other hand, when kids commit a crime as heinous as the Slender Man case, how should the courts mete out justice for their youngest offenders? According to the Equal Justice Initiative, 14 states do not mandate minimum ages for transferring juvenile cases to adult courts — which means children as young as 8 years old can be tried as adults.
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