States Have Second Thoughts About Juveniles in Adult Court
Based on public concern and media attention to the rise in youth violence that peaked in 1994, every state created youth transfer policies to send more teen-agers to adult court and extend sentences for most crimes. Before 1970, only two states, Florida and Georgia, had laws giving prosecutors discretion about where to file a case, according to a 2011 analysis conducted by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. But by the year 2000, 15 states had prosecutorial discretion laws. Now a number of them are being reconsidered.