Treat kids like kids.
Young people are developmentally different than adults. But far too often, our criminal justice system wants to treat kids like adults despite substantial evidence proving the treating kids like adult offenders is detrimental to their development and ineffective as a deterrent to crime. The Travis County District Attorney’s office oversees all juvenile cases. At the discretion of the District Attorney, for certain crimes, a child may be charged as an adult.
As District Attorney, I will oppose transferring children to the adult system. I will also advocate for home-based alternatives to detention for kids.