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Deliberation Materials: Parental Liability

Should our democracy hold parents responsible when their teenagers commit minor offenses?

Parents make many decisions about raising their children. In democracies, they expect to do so without interference from government. But democracies also have laws that allow governments to protect children from parents who fail to provide basic necessities and supervision. They also have laws to protect society from the people who commit crimes. Problems arise when these laws conflict—particularly when parents and the state must decide when teenagers are responsible for themselves.