Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Prosecuting Juveniles in Adult Court An Assessment of Trends and Consequences

Via Scoop.itJuvenile Justice

Fear of out-of-control juvenile crime and a coming generation of “super-predators,”
compellingly if erroneously described publicly and to Congress in 1996, has undermined the
traditional practice of treating young offenders as different from adult criminals – less culpable
because of their age and more amenable to rehabilitation. In recent years, the focus has turned to
punishment and in particular to the transfer of increasing numbers of youthful offenders from
juvenile to criminal courts. These “solutions” have been demonstrated to be doing more harm
than good.

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