Season 19, Episode 8 Juvenile Justice

First Aired: January 30, 2001

Should youngsters charged with serious crimes be tried as adults? Four cases in Santa Clara County, Cal., are examined. In March 2000, California voters approved a referendum mandating adult trials for some offenses, and the four defendants profiled here are charged with crimes committed in late 1999. “Each case has a set of facts that makes it a difficult call,” according to correspondent Michel Martin, who interviews prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges, as well as people involved in the cases.