Different State Laws Related to Trying Juveniles as Adults

All 50 states have some type of provision for transferring certain juvenile offenders to be tried as adult criminal offenders. There are three basic types of juvenile transfer laws: automatic (also called legislative exclusion), judicial-discretionary, and prosecutorial-discretionary. Give a brief description of the different types of juvenile transfer laws and how they are used in different states. What types of special issues do juveniles face in adult prison? Do you agree that juveniles should be tried as adults for certain crimes? Be sure to support your argument with research and examples.


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