Essay on Should Juveniles Get Waivered For Adult Criminal Court?

1597 Words Nov 30th, 2015 7 Pages
Should Juveniles get waivered to adult criminal court? In today’s law, juveniles are allowed to be waivered into adult criminal court depending on certain circumstances. When a juvenile is transferred to a criminal court, the juvenile would be getting a sentence that an adult would get if they would have committed the same crime. In the past twenty years there has been a lot of changes within the juvenile justice system. Many states have started to lower their age range where juveniles can be transferred to adult criminal court for crimes that they have committed. Today the District of Columbia and all fifty states let the prosecution file a motion and go through the process for a transfer to adult court (NCJA). Florida is one of the most well known states that transfers juveniles over to the adult criminal court. Florida sends more than 60 percent of their juveniles into adult court (Human Rights Watch). In the 60 percent of juveniles transferred to adult court, only 2.7 percent are transferred for murder (Human Rights Watch). In a study done by Bishop and Frazier, they found that juveniles that are transferred to adult criminal court are more likely to recidivate (as cited in Loughran 2011). Bishop and Frazier also found that the juveniles recidivate at a higher rate and are re-arrested for more serious crimes than other juveniles who stayed in the juvenile justice system (as cited in Loughran 2011).
In the Ohio Revised Code, the juvenile has to be charged with a felony…

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