The state’s oldest teenagers would still be considered juveniles under proposed legislation announced Tuesday that would raise the age to 20 for adult prosecution.
Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, said the measure would amend state law by designating 18- and 19-year-olds as juveniles in criminal proceedings, ensuring they get support services for youth rather than punishment for adults.
“We have 21 as the age for alcohol. We have 21 as the age for tobacco,” Skinner said. “The research definitely shows that there’s an age difference in things like impulse control.”