The Juvenile Transfer Process

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A key to providing appropriate punishment across a wide range of cases is the transfer process. In some states, judges decide whether to grant the state’s request to move a juvenile to adult court; in others, removal is automatic for certain specified crimes, usually murder. This is how we separate out those few crimes committed by juveniles deserving of adult trial and punishment.
Bound over to be tried as an adult on crimes that are seemingly to be committed by adults, but yet are carried out by juvenile offenders, also. This is something that I would see at least once or twice a week or every two weeks. Should juveniles be prosecuted as juveniles or adults, would be a question as to what they are being charged with. Crimes like robbery, …show more content…

Juvenile transfer laws tend to focus on juveniles who commit serious and violent offenses” (Crime Solutions, n.d.). However, there are at least three common ways to move a juvenile case to adult court: judicial waiver, prosecutorial discretion, and statutory exclusion.
Judicial waiver laws - “A judicial waiver occurs when a juvenile court judge transfers a case from juvenile to adult court in order to deny the juvenile the protections that juvenile jurisdictions provide” (Find Law, 2017).
Prosecutorial discretion - “Original jurisdiction for certain cases is shared by both criminal and juvenile courts, and the prosecutor has discretion to file such cases in either court” (OJJDP National Report Series, …show more content…

Murder and serious violent felony cases are most commonly "excluded" from juvenile court” (National Conference of State, 2017).

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