17-Year-Olds Are Kids Again, but Not Retroactively

David Segal reports that the General Assembly did undo the madness that was putting 17-year-olds into the Adult Correctional Institution at a price of $104,000 a year, but the law will not be retroactive. Consequently, about 150 17-year-olds will have permanent records for minor offenses. According to one commenter at RIFuture, the Attorney General made reference to the complications of trying to undo the judgments and sentencings of those already-convicted, comparing it to “trying to unscramble eggs.”