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Trying Juveniles as Adults: An Analysis of State Transfer Laws and Reporting
(NCJ 232434) September 2011
OJJDP National Report Series, Report, 28 page(s)
Patrick Griffin, Sean Addie, Benjamin Adams, and Kathy Firestine
This bulletin, part of the Juvenile Offenders and Victims National Report Series, provides the latest overview of state transfer laws and practices as well as examining available state-level data on juveniles adjudicated in the criminal justice system. In the 1980s and 1990s, legislatures in nearly every state expanded transfer laws that allowed or required the prosecution of juveniles in adult criminal courts. The impact is difficult to assess; there are no national data sets yet that track youth who have been tried and sentenced, and state data are hard to find or assess accurately, so further research is needed.