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Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Court: Effects of a Broad Policy in One Court
(NCJ 232932) December 2012
OJJDP Pathways to Desistance, Bulletin, 20 page(s)
Edward P. Mulvey and Carol A. Schubert
 
Presents findings from the Pathways to Desistance study about the effects of transfer on a sample of serious adolescent offenders in Maricopa County, AZ. In this bulletin, the authors compare the extant literature with findings from the Pathways study and discuss the possible implications of these findings for future changes in transfer statutes. Among other conclusions drawn from the data, the authors found that adolescents in the adult system may be at risk for disruptions in personal development, identity formation, relationships, learning, growth in skills and competencies, and positive movement into adult status. In addition, findings from the Pathways study indicate that transfer may have a differential effect (either reducing or increasing offending), depending on the juvenile’s presenting offense and prior offense history.
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