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Children as young as 14 can be - but rarely are - charged with crimes as adults

A child as young as 14 can be certified in Minnesota to face charges as an adult, but the reality is that it is unusual for even older teenagers to face the adult court system and adult consequences. That is because, when it comes to young offenders, the justice system is focused on rehabilitation, not retribution, according to assistant Stearns County Attorney Dana Erickson, who works in the juvenile division.