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NCJ Number: 161565 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: State Responses to Serious and Violent Juvenile Crime
Author(s): P Torbet; R Gable; H Hurst IV; I Montgomery; L Szymanski; D Thomas
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 75
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: 95-JN-FX-K003
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
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United States of America
Document: PDF|Text
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The violent criminal behavior of a relatively small proportion of juvenile offenders has created a public perception of rampant violent crime by juveniles and has prompted action by State legislatures and governors to get tough on crime; this report documents the scope of those actions.
Abstract: The research used a three-pronged strategy for identifying recent State activities that target violent crime by juveniles. It analyzed legislation passed from 1992 through 1995 that addressed serious and violent juvenile offenders; a telephone survey identified substantive and procedural changes and the impact of those changes. The study also reviewed existing data and research that describes recent changes or the impact of those changes. Five common themes emerged from the legislative analysis. In the area of jurisdictional authority, more serious and violent juvenile offenders are being removed from the juvenile justice system in favor of criminal court prosecution. Regarding judicial disposition/sentencing authority, more State legislatures are experimenting with new disposition/sentencing options. In the area of correctional programming, correctional administrators are under pressure to develop programs as a result of new transfer and sentencing laws. With regard to confidentiality of juvenile court records and proceedings, traditional confidentiality provisions are being revised in favor of more open proceedings and records. With respect to victims of juvenile crime, they are being included as "active participants" in the juvenile justice process. This report advises that it is not clear at this point that punishment under current juvenile legislation is more certain, proportionate, longer, or more effective in the adult system for the entire population of juveniles being transferred. The significant policy issues over what to do about serious and violent juvenile offenders must be debated with the best outcome information available. 10 figures and 2 references
Main Term(s): State juvenile laws
Index Term(s): Juvenile court waiver; Juvenile designated felonies; Serious juvenile offenders; Violent juvenile offenders
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