California voters will decide on March 7 whether to toughen the way the nation’s most populous state deals with its youngest felons by reducing the power of juvenile court judges.

Proposition 21, or the Gang Violence and Juvenile Crime Prevention Act, is the latest incarnation of what was a series of failed legislative initiatives by Republican ex-Governor Pete Wilson, say his critics. The measure would, among other things, give prosecutors the sole power to send defendants as young as 14 straight to adult court.

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