New provincial laws have had great success shutting down drug dens, but critics question why they circumvent the criminal code

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“We are not saying young people should not be incarcerated,” Hartzog said, explaining that instead her group believes young people should be housed with people their age and with similar offenses. Whatever the commission decides, it’s clear the change will require putting new cash into the juvenile justice system, said Abby Anderson, executive director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance.
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Raise the age

The civil court system requires a lower burden of proof. While a criminal court demands evidence of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, civil law operates on the balance of probabilities. So SCAN teams dont necessarily need to prove criminal activity is actually taking place.
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