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Juvenile Delinquents in the Federal Criminal Justice System

NCJ Number
Date Published
February 1997
4 pages
J Scalia
Publication Series
Statistical data and narrative information on juvenile delinquents in the Federal criminal justice system in 1995 address juveniles investigated by U.S. attorneys, juveniles adjudicated in U.S. district courts, and juveniles confined by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Adjudication of juveniles in the Federal system is limited. Federal law requires that prosecutors restrict proceedings against juveniles to those cases in which they certify to the court that there is a substantial Federal interest in the case and the State does not have jurisdiction or refuses to assume jurisdiction; the State with jurisdiction does not have adequate programs or services for juvenile offenders; or the offense charged is a violent felony, a drug trafficking or importation offense, or a firearms offense. During 1995, 468 juveniles were referred to Federal prosecutors for investigation; 49 percent of these cases were declined for further action. During 1995, 122 juveniles were adjudicated as delinquent in the Federal courts; 47 percent were adjudicated for either a violent or drug offense. During the 12 months ending September 1994, an additional 65 persons who allegedly committed acts of delinquency were referred for prosecution as an adult by a U.S. attorney. Of juveniles adjudicated delinquent, 37 percent were committed to a correctional facility; the average length of commitment was 34 months. A total of 61 percent of juvenile delinquents confined by the Federal Bureau of Prisons were Native Americans. 4 tables

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