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WISCONSIN: Serious Juvenile Offenders: The Need for a Third Sentencing Option in Wisconsin

This Comment explores the gap that exists between sentencing options for those serious juvenile offenders classified as “Class A” and those classified as “Class B.” It focuses exclusively on the need for expanded sentencing options for “Class B” serious juvenile offenders, largely, in order to avoid the concern that courts should maintain adult jurisdiction. The Serious Juvenile Offender Program only offers three years of supervision for “Class B” offenders and because there is no option for extended placement, the only available alternative is placement under adult court jurisdiction

Youth Justice System Survey Poll

GBA Strategies administered this survey of 1,000 adults nationwide between September 27th and October 2nd, 2011.

Key findings include:
- By a margin of 78 – 15 percent, the public overwhelming wants the focus of the juvenile justice system to be on prevention and rehabilitation, rather than incarceration and punishment;

-A majority of U.S. adults (56 percent) think that youth facilities are more appropriate to hold juveniles convicted of crimes than adult prisons;

- People overwhelmingly trust judges (81 percent), not prosecutors (12 percent), to determine if and when a juvenile should be tried as an adult;

- Nearly two-thirds of the public favors setting a minimum age at which a young person can be prosecuted in adult court.

Youthfulness Matters: A Call to Modernize Juvenile Waiver Statutes

This Note examines the constitutionality of state statutes that allow for and mandate juvenile adjudication in adult courts.

You’re An Adult Now: Youth in Adult Criminal Justice Systems

This report focuses on issues managing youth offenders in an adult corrections system.

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