PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 

Climate change is on the radar for rural voters in Iowa. Plus, the Senate impeachment rules.

2020Talks - January 21, 2020 

Candidates attended the Iowa Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, and answered tough questions about their records on race. It was MLK Day, and earlier many were in South Carolina marching together to the State Capitol.

Survey: Don't Judge Minors in Adult Court

March 5, 2007

Too many juveniles end up in adult courts, according to a new nationwide survey, and state lawmakers may take notice. In Oregon, any 15-, 16- or 17-year-old who commits a crime covered by the state's Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Law (Measure 11) is automatically tried as an adult. A recent Zogby survey, commissioned by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, shows 92 percent of people think that decision should be made on a case-by-case basis. David Rogers with the Partnership for Safety and Justice says that would make Oregon safer in the long run.

"Youth who are treated as adults in the criminal justice system are more likely to create future crime than youth who are treated as juveniles in juvenile court."

Two proposed state laws could change things. A Senate bill would let a judge decide whether to try the juvenile in youth or adult court. A House bill would let some juveniles who were tried as adults serve part of their sentence in an alternative corrections program.

Rogers believes youth are getting a mixed message from the legal system.

"Laws prevent minors from voting, sitting on a jury, marrying without parental consent, but at the same time we're treating juveniles as adults in criminal courts and incarcerating them as adults."

The bills are SB 1014 and HB 2904. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency report is online at

Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR