Transfer Laws Essay

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Transfer laws were expanded by the State in the 80s and 90s. The three major transfer laws were as follows: 1) Judicial Waiver, 2) Statutory Exclusion, and 3) Concurrent Jurisdiction. Another factor with the transfer laws set the standard in many states: once an adult, always an adult. “State legislatures enacted statutes that extender the age and offense reach of judicial waiver, legislative waiver/automatic transfer, and prosecutorial discretion /concurrent jurisdiction policies.” (Redding) Subsequent offenses would be tried in an adult criminal system. The three categories differentiated from whose authority does the decision responsibility rely upon. The “judicial waiver” transfer decision is held by the juvenile court judge. The…show more content…
The evaluation of success for the purpose of justice is worth seeing the adolescent’s age to be no longer considered a juvenile. Has society dealt with the crime correctly or does the cost for said decision outweigh the punishment the juvenile deserves? Is this the right direction? The struggling issue the legal system is navigating through leads into a decision pointing the said juvenile in the right direction by guidance and education or destroying the juvenile by matching a harsher punishment to a particular crime. In order to make the appropriate decision, a list of “pros” and “cons” would be able to offer some assistance. The “pro” side for a juvenile court system is direction and guidance. This court system sees the lack of maturity and discretion of this youth. This should give cause of seeing the youth as “different” than an adult and should be held less blameworthy for the crime committed. This court’s main objective is to handle the youth through policed courses and correctional involvement for the purpose of rehabilitation. The court focuses on the “age” instead of the “crime.” Transferring to the adult courts, the purpose is to bring harsher sentences for the crime committed as well as the slim chance of “getting off” the hook by attending counseling or other step-process program. Adult courts also see the victims and their families need relief for the crime committed against them. Adult courts do offer the juvenile the majority
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