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NCJ Number: 118546 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Court and Violent Youth: Determinants of the Transfer Decision
Author(s): J Fagan; E Piper; M Forst
Corporate Author: Urban and Rural Systems Associates
United States of America

New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc
New York, NY 10007
Urban and Rural Systems Associates
San Francisco, CA 94111
US Securities and Exchange Cmssn
Washington, DC 20549-2736
Grant Number: 85-MU-CX-0001
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information from four urban juvenile courts formed the basis of an analysis of the nature and determinants of the decision to transfer youth to adult criminal courts.
Abstract: Data were gathered for 1981-84 in the juvenile courts in Boston, Detroit, Newark, and Phoenix for a sample of 201 youths against whom prosecutors filed petitions for transfer. The analysis compared the characteristics of the 38 percent of the youths who were transferred to the criminal court with those of the 62 percent who were retained by the juvenile court. Findings showed that the best predictors of transfer for the total sample were older age at the time of the offense and the number of the victims in the offense. However, the four sites varied greatly in the determinants of the transfer decision. Results suggested the need for formal standards to promote equity and fairness in transfer decisions. Figures, tables, and 45 references.
Main Term(s): Juvenile court waiver
Index Term(s): Arizona; Judicial discretion; Massachusetts; Michigan; New Jersey; Serious juvenile offenders
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