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NCJ Number: 229165 Find in a Library
Title: Different from Adults: An Updated Analysis of Juvenile Transfer and Blended Sentencing Laws, With Recommendations for Reform
Author(s): Patrick Griffin
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
United States of America
Date Published: November 2008
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
Sale Source: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
3700 South Water Street, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper provides an analysis of the current juvenile transfer laws and the future use of transfers within the juvenile justice system.
Abstract: Today, transfer (prosecuting some juvenile-age offenders as adults in criminal court and sanctioning them in the adult correctional system) is regarded as a prominent feature of America’s approach to juvenile offending. Transfer, in some form, is now probably a permanent feature of American juvenile justice. There are three types of transfer law: judicial waiver laws, statutory exclusion laws, and prosecutorial discretion. In addition to these three basic types of transfer law, many States have “once an adult/always an adult” laws, reverse waiver laws, and blended sentencing laws. This report makes an effort to layout the current landscape of laws governing the trial, sentencing, and sanctioning of juveniles as adults, summarize the transfer laws of all 50 States and the District of Columbia as of the beginning of 2008, explore the data on the volume and characteristics of youth who are being transferred under these laws, and examine ways in which transfer laws can be improved upon, suggesting simple measures that States can take to make them more fair, flexible, and consistent. Table, figures, and endnotes
Main Term(s): Juvenile court waiver
Index Term(s): Juvenile codes; Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile court trends; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile offenders; Serious juvenile offenders; Violent juvenile offenders
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