[From the web] World Vision calls to stop the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility

World Vision calls to stop the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility

Child-focused agency World Vision is one with other like-minded advocates and groups to stop the approval of the current House bill which attempts to lower the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) from 15 to as low as 9 years old.

“We humbly call all our concerned lawmakers to set aside their differences on this one, and stay partial only for the well-being and rights of children, especially those as young as nine years old,” appeals World Vision executive director Rommel V. Fuerte. “Instead, let us please strengthen and improve the implementation of the current Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (JJWA) which promotes less punitive and more restorative interventions for children in conflict with the law.”

Based on the proposed law, child offenders aged 9 and above, will be subjected and housed to a closed youth facility as one of the state’s measure. Lowering the age of criminal responsibility, as argued by the bill, will also deter adult criminals to exploit children in committing crimes.

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