This chapter addresses what happens with older adolescents who transition into the criminal justice system, what should happen, and what we need to know. It emphasizes that neither the juvenile nor criminal justice system handles this offender group well. Studies have not found the wide diversity of measures in use to be effective, and little research has accompanied them. The States are left with dysfunctional-and sometimes contradictory -policies and practices. Key questions are addressed: Are vulnerable youth competent enough to understand judicial and court proceedings that affect their future? Are there assessments in place in the court to ascertain their competency? Are such assessments routine and do they have an impact on court proceedings? This chapter advocates a forward-looking administrative model in both the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems that bases program placements and supervision levels upon objective risk and needs assessments, competency assessments, and supports individualized case management plans focused on improving future behavior rather than punishing past behavior. In addition, the systematic adoption of researchbased policies is needed, and a major investment in evaluation of the experimental policies and practices is necessary to determine to what extent they work.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||From Juvenile Delinquency to Adult Crime|
|Subtitle of host publication||Criminal Careers, Justice Policy and Prevention|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - Sep 20 2012|