Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts

Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts

Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts

Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts

Synopsis

2007 Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award presented by the American Society of Criminology

2007 American Society of Criminology Michael J. Hindelang Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Research in Criminology

By comparing how adolescents are prosecuted and punished in juvenile and criminal (adult) courts, Aaron Kupchik finds that prosecuting adolescents in criminal court does not fit with our cultural understandings of youthfulness. As a result, adolescents who are transferred to criminal courts are still judged as juveniles. Ultimately, Kupchik makes a compelling argument for the suitability of juvenile courts in treating adolescents. Judging Juveniles suggests that justice would be better served if adolescents were handled by the system designed to address their special needs.

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