The Marion County [Indiana] prosecutor’s office will now use the adult court system to prosecute the parents of children 11 and younger who have 10 or more unexcused absences — an effort to push parents to take truancy seriously.
Previously, such charges against adults were handled in juvenile court, a less intimidating setting that focuses more on rehabilitation than punishment.
The penalties for parents won’t change, but Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry hopes that bringing the charges in an adult court will help them realize the severity of the situation.
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