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Debate on Juvenile justice

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There has been tremendous debate among policy makers concerning what to do with young people who commit serious and violent crimes. Much of the discussion considers the ability of the juvenile court to handle the most serious offenders or whether these offenders should be transferred to the adult court system. Discuss the various perspectives on adjudication and sentencing of young people who are involved in serious offenses.

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Some States are improving the response of their juvenile justice systems to serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders by developing intermediate (third system) facilities or blended sentencing models. Other States have created separate youthful-offender institutions for juveniles adjudicated delinquent for serious or violent crimes or convicted and sentenced criminally under youthful-offender statutes.

For example, Colorado's Youthful Offender System, created in 1993, is designed to break down gang affiliation ...