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Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court, 19881997 (FS 200002) March 2000
Fact Sheet
2 page(s)
Puzzanchera, C. M.
Presents estimates of the number of cases transferred from juvenile court to criminal court through judicial waiver between 1988 and 1997. These estimates are based on data from more than 1,900 jurisdictions representing nearly 70 percent of the U.S. juvenile population. In 1997, U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction handled nearly 1.8 million delinquency cases. More than half of these cases were handled formally (that is, a petition was filed requesting an adjudication or waiver hearing). In 1997, waivers to criminal court represented less than 1 percent of the formally processed delinquency caseload.
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