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State Trends: Legislative Victories from 2005 to 2010 Removing Youth From the Adult Criminal Justice System

June 23, 2011 Comments off

State Trends: Legislative Victories from 2005 to 2010 Removing Youth From the Adult Criminal Justice System (PDF)
Source: Campaign for Youth Justice
From press release (PDF)

More than 20 states in the United States have changed or are considering changes to their policies around trying kids as adults according to a new report, State Trends: Legislative Changes from 2005-2010 Removing Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System, released today by the Campaign for Youth Justice.

State Trends highlights the policy changes by examining the impact that the reforms have already had, as well as showcasing states currently contemplating reforms. In the past 5 years, 15 states have changed their state policies and at least another 9 are underway with active policy reform efforts. The report starts with an overview of the major problems that result from trying youth in adult criminal court, and then examines four distinct ways that States and local jurisdictions are changing the politics of youth crime.

In this report we have identified four specific types of trends.

  • States and Local Jurisdictions Remove Youth from Adult Jails and Prisons
  • States Raise the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction
  • States Change Transfer Laws to Keep More Youth in Juvenile Court
  • States Rethink Sentencing Laws for Youth

The following states are included in these trends: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Other states mentioned in the report that are on the horizon for reform are Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

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