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Some progress has come to the quest for juvenile justice, but advocates say more work remains to be done.

That was the message as the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance held its annual legislative breakfast at Gateway Community College to discuss how youth advocates can keep their issues in the limelight.

In the last General Assembly, lawmakers voted to raise the age at which youth are treated as adult offenders from 16 to 18. Judging by the turnout at the breakfast, which was about half the number who came last year, perhaps many people thought the work was done. Chris Rapillo, from the office of the Chief Public Defender and a member of the Alliance steering committee, kicked off the meeting and said that’s not so.

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