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Transfer of Juveniles to the Criminal Justice System
Transfer of juveniles to the criminal justice system

I begin this chapter with a brief description of juvenile justice philosophy in the United States, followed by a discussion of the principal mechanisms used to remove juveniles from the juvenile justice system and turn them over to the criminal justice system. I use the special case of one particular 11-year-old boy charged with murder as a backdrop for considering the adequacy of the criminal justice system for handling juvenile offenders. The remainder of the chapter addresses the appropriateness of transferring juveniles to the criminal justice system.

Juvenile Justice Philosophy

Juvenile justice policy in the United States has long been grounded in three philosophical principles that govern how justice should be administered ...

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