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Title: Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile Prosecutions in Illinois
Journal: On Good Authority  Volume:6  Issue:5  Dated:December 2002  Pages:1-4
Author(s): Timothy Lavery
Date Published: December 2002
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
Springfield, IL 62701
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 98-JE-FX-0017
Contract Number: 011G0000257
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: News/Media
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a report on the methodology and findings of an evaluation of the impact of the provision for extended jurisdiction juvenile (EJJ) prosecution, which is included in Illinois' 1998 Juvenile Justice Reform Provisions.
Abstract: EJJ prosecution comes into play if there is probable cause to believe that a minor at least 13 years old has committed an offense that would be considered a felony if committed by an adult. Minors who are found guilty in EJJ prosecutions receive both a juvenile sentence and an adult sentence. The adult sentence is stayed and not imposed unless the offender violates the conditions of the juvenile sentence. EJJ prosecutions are intended to provide minors who have committed serious offenses with a last chance to avoid adult sanctions. The threat of an adult sentence is intended to be a deterrent to future criminal activity. The evaluation of this provision included the administration of a survey to State's attorneys or assistant State's attorneys who prosecute juvenile cases, public defenders who defend juvenile cases, and juvenile court judges for each county. Respondents (76 prosecutors, 51 public defenders, and 85 juvenile court judges) answered questions about their participation in and opinions of EJJ prosecutions. Surveys were administered during the spring and summer of 2000. The evaluation also included a case study of an EJJ prosecution that included interviews with those involved in the case. Evaluation findings indicate that EJJ prosecutions are occurring infrequently due to multiple factors. Among these factors are the mandated option for a juvenile to request a jury trial, which involves more time and resources than if a judge hears the case; potential conflict between EJJ provisions and waiver laws (transfer of a juvenile to the jurisdiction of an adult court); and complaints by public defenders that many aspects of the procedures for invoking the adult sanction are unfair. 1 figure and 1 table
Main Term(s): Juvenile processing
Index Term(s): Illinois; Jurisdiction; Juvenile codes; Juvenile sentencing; OJJDP grant-related documents; Prosecution
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