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August 12, 2012

"Trends in Juvenile Justice State Legislation: 2001-2011"

The title of this post is the title of this notable report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Here are excerpts from the start and end:

Two main goals drive the nation’s juvenile justice system: protecting both public safety and the welfare and rehabilitation of young offenders who break the law.  State juvenile justice policies require balancing these interests, while also preserving the rights of juveniles.

A rise in serious juvenile crime in the late 1980s and early 1990s led to state laws that moved away from the traditional emphasis on rehabilitation in the juvenile justice system toward tougher, more punitive treatment of youth, including adult handling.  During the past decade, juvenile crime rates have declined, and state legislatures are reexamining juvenile justice policies and rebalancing approaches to juvenile crime and delinquency....

States are not complacent about juvenile crime and remain interested in providing public safety, improved juvenile justice systems and positive results for youth.  The legislative trends evidenced during the past decade reflect a new understanding of adolescent development and the value of cost-benefit analysis of existing data-driven research. Investing in community-based alternatives to incarceration and evidence-based intervention programs, as well as multi-system coordination and cross-systems collaboration are among the examples of how states now are better serving youth and addressing and preventing juvenile crime.

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First of all: what is with all the stock photos in that report?

Secondly: one thing that is lost in that report is the availability of jury trials for juvenile offenders that are NOT tried in the adult system.

Posted by: S.cotus | Aug 12, 2012 3:01:50 PM

123D. Start the count at 14, so no violent repeat offender sees an eighteenth birthday.

Saddam Hussein murdered his first at age 10. He had a hot pistol under his pillow. His violent and abusive, alcoholic step father talked or bribed the police out of taking him. Imagine the benefit to the world if this count had started for him.

It is Saddam who said, "If there is a person, then there is a problem. If there is no person, then there is no problem."

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 12, 2012 7:16:03 PM

From the report, "... adolescent brains do not fully develop until about
age 25, and the immature, emotional and impulsive
nature characteristic of adolescents makes them
more susceptible to committing crimes."

If they are more susceptible to committing crimes, how come they commit fewer crimes than adults? How? Because we are now in the lawyer Twilight Zone. That is how.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 12, 2012 7:20:06 PM

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