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Overwhelmed With Zero Tolerance Cases, Prosecutors Have Accidentally Brought Juveniles to Adult Court

As the government struggles to stay on top of the surge in prosecutions of those accused of entering the country illegally, prosecutors are making errors they normally wouldn’t. Prosecutors have let things get to the day of trial before realizing there were problems with key witnesses. Bottlenecks in processing and transportation from detention have resulted in more than 50 cases being dismissed simply because defendants didn’t make it to their hearings in time. In other instances, prosecutors have mistakenly brought juveniles into the federal adult criminal system.