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Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest by Illinois Law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A group says Illinois' 32-year-old law requiring juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit violent crimes in the future.

The nonpartisan Juvenile Justice Initiative is releasing the results of a study Tuesday that examined 257 Cook County cases from 2010 through 2012 involving juveniles whose cases were automatically transferred to adult court because of the law.

The study found that only one of the 257 cases involved a non-minority defendant. Eighty-three percent were black and 16 percent were Hispanic.

The group is using the study to draw attention to legislation in the General Assembly that would eliminate the automatic transferring of such cases.

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