Youth transfer decisions: Exploring county variations

Nancy Rodriguez

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    In an effort to control violent and chronic juvenile offenders, many state legislatures have created statutes that give exclusive jurisdiction to adult criminal courts for certain violent offenses. Much research has been conducted on juvenile transfers, but relatively few studies rely on official and self-report data to evaluate this process. By using data from four counties within Washington State, this study examines how legal, extra-legal, and organizational variables impact waiver decisions. In cases where youths were selected for transfer proceedings, data from official records are used to compare transfers within and between counties. In addition, interview data with juvenile court personnel (e.g., juvenile court judges, probation officers, legal advisors) are used to assess the factors associated with transfer decisions. Policy implications are presented along with recommendations for future research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)33-46
    Number of pages14
    JournalJuvenile and Family Court Journal
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Law


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