Sen. Taylor Files Bill That Holds Parents Accountable for Kid’s Crime

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State Sen. Brent Taylor (R-TN) filed the Parental Accountability Act Tuesday, which would charge parents for crimes their kids commit.

The bill provides for a mandatory fine of $1,000 for the second and subsequent offenses when a child is found guilty.

“We have too many juveniles out on the streets committing crimes with impunity because of lack of parental supervision. It’s time parents and legal guardians are held accountable for the oversight and supervision of their children,” Taylor wrote in a statement posted to social media.

Sen. Taylor listed the following example on how the legislation would tie parents to their children’s crimes

If a child steals a car and is released back into the custody of his parents pending court hearings and commits a subsequent crime, the parents will be assessed a mandatory $1,000 fine for each additional offense.

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