O n December 11, 2019, an 18 year-old Barnard student was stabbed to death in New York’s Morningside Park. The perpetrators were a group of young teens. Under New York State law, prosecutors are allowed to try defendants ages fourteen and older as adults in certain cases of violent crime. As a result, the two fourteen year-olds involved in the case were tried as adults and charged with secondary-degree murder and robbery.

Should this be allowed?