Why a Dallas judge made the rare decision to have a 16-year-old tried as an adult in rape, murder case | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
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The decision to order 16-year-old Lenario Washington, who police say committed several rapes and a murder, as an adult was unusual, made because the judge said the "public was in need of protection." The juvenile justice system typically focuses on trying to rehabilitate accused offenders under 18. LBJ School Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch, a criminal justice expert, weighs in.