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Adult Punishment for Juvenile Offenders: Does it Reduce Crime?


Richard E. Redding


Chapman University, Office of the Chancellor


HANDBOOK OF CHILDREN, CULTURE, AND VIOLENCE, N. Dowd, D. Singer, & R. Wilson, eds., Sage Publications, 2005

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This chapter discusses the research on the general and specific deterrent effects of transferring juveniles for trial in adult criminal court, identifies gaps in our knowledge base that require further research, discusses the circumstances under which effective deterrence may be achieved, and examines whether there are effective alternatives for achieving deterrence other than adult sanctions for serious juvenile offenders. As a backdrop to this analysis, the chapter first examines the role of public opinion in shaping the get tough policies, and how policy makers have misunderstood and perceived support for these policies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: Juvenile justice, juvenile crime, punishment, sentencing, adult sanctions, transfer to criminal court, waiver, deterrence, crime reduction, public opinion

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Date posted: April 14, 2006 ; Last revised: May 29, 2014

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Redding, Richard E., Adult Punishment for Juvenile Offenders: Does it Reduce Crime?. HANDBOOK OF CHILDREN, CULTURE, AND VIOLENCE, N. Dowd, D. Singer, & R. Wilson, eds., Sage Publications, 2005. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=896548

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