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Juveniles Facing Criminal Sanctions: Three States That Changed the Rules
(NCJ 181203) April 2000
Report, 66 page(s)
Torbet, P., Griffin, P., Hurst, Jr., H., MacKenzie, L. R.
Examines recent State laws that target serious juvenile crime by expanding eligibility for criminal court processing and sanctioning and reducing confidentiality protections for a subset of juvenile offenders. In particular, the Report examines the actual implementation of distinctive approaches to juvenile justice reform in three StatesóWisconsin, New Mexico, and Minnesota. Wisconsin categorically excluded 17-year-olds from juvenile court jurisdiction, and New Mexico and Minnesota expanded juvenile court judges' sentencing authority. The case studies provide rich descriptive information on the background of the reforms and the legislative, programming, and policy impact that the changes have had on the juvenile and criminal justice systems at the State and local levels. The Report summarizes the lessons learned from these case studies and from the authors' analysis of State legislative activity.
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