Sometimes, my beloved Massachusetts embarrasses me a bit. Here we are, reputedly among the best-educated and most progressive states in the nation. And yet sometimes, especially when it comes to crime, we’re way behind parts of the country at which elitists among us might turn up noses. To wit: Even though 37 other states, the US Supreme Court, and common sense agree that 17-year-olds are still kids, our state’s justice system treats them as adults.
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