Argument: Adult courts do not necessarily translate into longer sentences


  • “Adolescents transferred to criminal court were more likely to be convicted and sentenced to periods of incarceration than those adjudicated in the juvenile system. However, all juveniles sentenced to incarceration received nearly identical sentence length, regardless of whether they were tried in the criminal or the juvenile system.” [“The Comparative Advantage of Juvenile vs. Criminal Court Sanctions on Recidivism Among Adolescent Felony Offenders”, Jeffery Fagan (Columbia University), Law and Policy, Vol. 18 # 1 and 2, Jan/Apr, 1996]