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Teenage Felons and Waiver Hearings: Some Recent Trends, 1980-1988

NCJ Number
Crime and Delinquency Volume: 35 Issue: 4 Dated: special issue (October 1989) Pages: 577-585
D J Champion
Date Published
9 pages
An analysis of recent trends in juvenile waiver hearings in four States reveals that these hearings are increasingly used as avenues whereby officials may impose more serious penalties on youthful offenders charged with serious crimes.
While the present research finds no evidence suggesting that juvenile delinquency is increasing or changing from the pattern of delinquency in previous years, the waiver or transfer appears to be used more frequently for juveniles in the 15 to 17 age range in order to subject them to the jurisdiction of criminal courts. Increased use of waivers seems closely associated with public rejection of rehabilitation and growing support for the "just-deserts" philosophy of punishment in criminal justice. However, the present investigation suggests that waivers do not automatically result in more severe penalties for most juveniles waived to criminal courts. 3 tables, 15 references. (Author abstract)