Youth Offenders Could Receive Lesser Punishment

The New Orleans City Council votes in favor of a new ordinance that could allow lesser punishment for juveniles.

The new policy would mean officers could give a warning or summons to appear in court instead of arresting young offenders for certain crimes. Officials say this could impact as much as 30% of youth cases.

Offenses that could receive written warnings include simple battery, possession of marijuana and misdemeanor theft.

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