Do the Crime, Do the Time

Juvenile Criminals and Adult Justice in the American Court System

The first juvenile court was created in the United States in 1899. Since then, there have always been provisions in juvenile courts for those rare youngsters who would be more appropriately handled by the adult criminal courts. However, use of this provision was rare until the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, the practice increased, resulting in many youngsters being tried as adults. Has this approach to juvenile crime worked or not?

This book provides a fresh look at the way the United States is choosing to deal with some of the serious or persistent youth offenders: by transferring juvenile offenders to adult courts.

For more than 20 years now, the attitude in some jurisdictions has been "if you're old enough to do the crime, you're old enough to do the time." After two decades of applying this increasingly punitive mindset to juvenile offenders, it is possible to see the actual consequences of transferring more and younger offenders to adult courts.

In Do the Crime, Do the Time: Juvenile Criminals and Adult Justice in the American Court System, the authors apply their decades of experience, both in the practical world and from unique research perspectives, to shed light on the influence of public opinion and the political forces that shape juvenile justice policy in the United States. The book provides a fresh look at the way the United States is choosing to deal with some of the serious or persistent juvenile offenders, utilizing real-life examples and cases to draw connections between transfer policies and individual outcomes.

Highlights
• Addresses an always-current topic of long-standing controversy: trying juveniles as adults
• Makes sophisticated information based on current scholarship accessible to general readers
• Presents information relevant to parents of children who are charged or incarcerated, officials in local legislative bodies, and general citizens concerned with the problem of juvenile crime
Sample Topics
Crime Policy
Delinquency Statistics
"Get-Tough"
Juvenile Courts
Juvenile Delinquents
Shrinking Boundaries of the Juvenile Justice System
Transferring Juveniles
U.S. Supreme Court Cases
War on Crime

Authors: 
G. Larry Mays and Rick Ruddell
ISBN: 
978-0-313-39242-9