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NCJ Number: 191643 Find in a Library
Title: States' New Blended Sentencing Schemes in the Juvenile Court
Author(s): Richard E. Redding J.D.
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Forensic Evaluation Resource Ctr.
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Sale Source: Juvenile Forensic Evaluation Resource Ctr.
Institute of Law, Psychiatry, & Public Policy
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 800660
Charlottesville, VA 22908
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reviews States' new blended sentencing laws, utilized in juvenile court, and presented five basic models of blended sentencing laws in both juvenile court and criminal court.
Abstract: To ensure their confinement for a period exceeding the maximum sentence available under the juvenile court, prosecutors frequently seek to transfer older adolescents to adult criminal court. States' new blended sentencing laws allow juvenile courts to impose adult sentences or extend their sentencing jurisdiction past the age of majority. Typically, blended sentencing laws target juvenile offenders who are eligible for transfer to criminal court under State transfer laws. In addition, blended sentencing laws remove juveniles from criminal court prosecution and the potential negative consequences of such prosecution; the lose of rehabilitative benefits within the juvenile justice system. They work in tandem with transfer laws as an alternative or addition to transfer. Five basic blended sentencing models instituted in 20 States are presented and include: the juvenile and criminal-exclusive models, juvenile and criminal-inclusive models, and the juvenile-continguous model. It is suggested that the best blended sentencing law maintains jurisdiction in the juvenile court, with the adult or extended juvenile sentence conditionally suspended, provided the juvenile is rehabilitated and does not commit a new offense. References
Main Term(s): Juvenile sentencing
Index Term(s): Juvenile codes; Juvenile court judicial discretion; Juvenile court trends; Juvenile court waiver; Juvenile courts; Juveniles in adult facilities; Sentencing reform; Serious juvenile offenders; Violent juvenile offenders
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