How does the new “Raise the Age” law impact on what Families With Service Needs cases can be referred to Juvenile Review Boards?The only impact on FWSN cases brought about by the “raise the age” law is that the category of Youth In Crisis (YIC) has disappeared and now all persons under the age of 18 are now considered to be “children” and subject to the FWSN law. As a result, anyone under the age of 18 is now subject to all six of the FWSN offenses (runaway, beyond control, indecent/immoral behavior, truancy, defiance of school rules and inappropriate sexual behavior). Any JRB set up to handle FWSN cases can handle these cases involving children under the age of 18.
Keep in mind however that the JRB response to a 17 year old charged with a FWSN offense may be very different than the response to a 12 year old charged with the same offense.
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