Jul 12, 2010 · Across the United States, hundreds of young juvenile criminals are facing life in prison as the debate over whether juveniles should be tried as adults rages on.Author: HUMA KHAN. Two assumptions are behind recent legislation passed in many U.S. states which make it easier to try juvenile offenders as adults. that although juveniles tried as adults were more likely to.
The researchers concluded that young adult offenders ages 18-24 are more similar to juveniles than to adults with respect to their offending, maturation and life circumstances. Changes in legislation to deal with large numbers of juvenile offenders becoming adult criminals should be considered. In criminal courts in these 40 counties, juveniles (64%) were more likely than adults (24%) to be charged with a violent felony. These juvenile defendants were generally treated as serious offenders, as 52% did not receive pretrial release, 63% were convicted of a felony, and 43% of those convicted received a .
More and more teens now are doing time alongside adults in prison. and the number of adolescents tried and sentenced as adults. legislative provisions for trying some juvenile offenders in. Furthermore, sometimes older juveniles who commit serious or violent crimes are tried as adults, even though they would normally be considered juveniles. The first way that juvenile proceedings differ from adult proceedings are the terms that courts use for juvenile offenders versus adult offenders.