Lafayette, NOLA students rally for bill that ends trying 17-year-olds as adults

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is surrounded by high school students from Lafayette and New Orleans on the steps of the Capitol Wednesday.  They rallied in support of legislation raising the age of juvenile offenders from 17 to 18. Photo by Nick Chrastil.

By Nick Chrastil

BATON ROUGE — Students from Lafayette and New Orleans joined lawmakers and activists on the steps of the Louisiana Capitol Wednesday for Youth Justice Day, a rally to petition legislators to raise the age of juvenile offenders from 17 to 18.

Louisiana is one of nine states in which 17-year-olds are tried as adults.

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