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Legislative Changes Are Needed To More Efficiently and Equitably Handle Certain Cases Under the Federal Youth Corrections Act

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The U.S. Congress should eliminate the disparity in the terms of probation that judges and magistrates are authorized to impose under the Federal Youth Corrections Act for petty offenses and misdemeanors.
In addition, Congress should limit the sentences of incarceration that district court judges may impose on youthful offenders for petty offenses and misdemeanors to those that may be imposed on adult offenders. The involvement of the U.S. Parole Commission and the Federal Probation system should be terminated in cases where youthful offenders have been sentenced to incarceration for petty offenses and misdemeanors. These changes would result in more consistency in the handling of youthful offenders and relieve the U.S. Parole Commission from carrying out unproductive activities. Footnotes, agency comments, and proposed statutory changes are provided. (Author summary modified)