Sending Teens to Adult Court Doesn’t Cut Recidivism: Study

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Transferring juvenile offenders to adult court—a policy developed in the 1980s and 1990s as part of reforms aimed at “toughening” the justice system—has no “statistically significant effect on recidivism,” according to a report published online today in Criminology & Public Policy, a journal of the American Society of Criminology.

Researchers based their conclusion on an analysis of nine studies comparing transferred juveniles with juveniles who were not transferred, the report states. Of these, five studies found evidence of . . .

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