May 23, 2013
Elisa Carrió shows support towards lowering criminal accountability age
Lawmaker Elisa Carrio voiced her support of lowering the age of criminal responsibility to fourteen years old, which would allow courts to summon juvenile delinquents. She also backed the creation of a Youth Crime Regime.
"I believe we need an alternative penal system. We all have to respond for our actions, and they must be taken to trial while being defended by a lawyer because they are citizens," she said.
She also expressed that such a system was necessary so they can be able to say “who encourages them” to engage in criminal activities, because “under this current children protection policy, kids never say who sends them to steal and sell drugs.”
Ms. Carrió accused Kirchnerite lawmakers of shooting down a bill that was looking to put these reforms in place. The bill had been gotten preliminary approval from the Senate.
"It was always the ones in the Buenos Aires Justicialist Party who opposed the bill, because hidden bellow this alleged 'protection' they were able to keep the children engaged in criminal activities," she concluded.