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NCJ Number: NCJ 232932  Add to Shoppping Cart  
Title: Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Court: Effects of a Broad Policy in One Court
Author(s): Edward P. Mulvey ; Carol A. Schubert
Date Published: 12/2012
Page Count: 20
  Series: OJJDP Pathways to Desistance
  Annotation: This bulletin presents findings from the Pathways to Desistance study regarding the effects of transfer from juvenile court to adult court on a sample of serious adolescent offenders in Maricopa County, AZ.
Abstract: This research compares the standing literature with findings from the Pathways study and discusses the possible implications of these findings for future changes in transfer statutes. Results suggest that adolescents in the adult system may be at risk for disruptions in their personal development, identity formation, relationships, learning, growth in skills and competencies, and positive movement into adult status; that most of the youth in the study who were sent to adult facilities returned to the community within a few years, varying widely in their levels of adjustment; that youth were more likely to successfully adjust when they were not influenced by antisocial peers; and that transferred youth are more likely to commit criminal acts than adolescents kept in the juvenile justice system. Findings from the Pathways study also indicate that transfer may have a differential effect (either reducing or increasing offending), depending on the juvenile’s presenting offense and prior offense history. Chart, endnotes, and references
Main Term(s): Juveniles in adult facilities
Index Term(s): Young Adult (18-24) ; Juvenile inmates ; Courts ; Corrections policies ; Corrections research ; Arizona
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2007–MU–FX–0002
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Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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