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Detained Youth Processed in Juvenile and Adult Court: Psychiatric Disorders and Mental Health Needs
(NCJ 248283) September 2015
OJJDP Beyond Detention Series, Bulletin, 16 page(s)
Jason J. Washburn, Linda A. Teplin, Laurie S. Voss, Clarissa D. Simon, Karen M. Abram, Gary M. McClelland, and Nichole D. Olson
This bulletin presents results of a study of the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among youth transferred to adult criminal court compared with those processed in juvenile court. Results indicate that many youth are being transferred to adult criminal court, with males, African Americans, Hispanics, and older youth significantly more likely to be processed in adult criminal court than females, non-Hispanic whites, and younger youth. Among youth processed in adult criminal court, those sentenced to prison had significantly greater odds than those who received a less severe sentence of having a disruptive behavior disorder, a substance use disorder, or co-occurring affective and anxiety disorders.