In 2007, the general assembly in the State of Connecticut passed a law raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18, effective July 2009. Prior to this legislation, Connecticut was one of only three states that continued to try 16- and 17-year-olds in an adult criminal justice system. Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) staff provided technical assistance to help state officials develop a viable implementation plan that was a key element of the legislation's passage.