Mississippi governor vetoes youth detention bill

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has vetoed a bill that would have lightened the punishments of some children convicted of criminal crimes.

According to current law, a child convicted of a felony at 10 years old may be placed in a state training school or secure detention facilty 

Lawmakers proposed changing the minimum age to 12, but since the governor vetoed the bill, they will not try to overturn it.

In his veto message, Governor Bryant wrote that it is rare but not “unprecedented” for a 10 or an 11-year old child to be convicted of a violent crime. 

He also says that detention in a training school or secure facility “as a last resort, may be necessary to protect public safety.”

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