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One of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s proposed budget cuts would delay a law meant to take youthful offenders out of the adult criminal justice system. The law’s most passionate defender said the state should focus on the kids, not on the money.

The so-called Raise the Age law was passed in 2007 and scheduled to begin treating 16- and 17-year-olds as juveniles rather than adults starting Jan. 1, 2010. To save money, Gov. Rell wants to delay implementation for two years.

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