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Blurring the Lines: Blended Sentencing and the Juvenile Justice System

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Since the 1990s, juvenile code reforms have been enacted in all but three states, expanding the processing of juveniles in adult court, increasing public access to confidential juvenile cases, and the introduction of blended sentencing (Torbet 2000). This paper concentrates on the introduction of a new national policy in juvenile justice, blended sentencing. To date, twenty-seven states have adopted blended sentencing statutes that expand the sentencing authority of juveniles by combining a juvenile sentence with a stayed adult sentence (Griffin 2007). This paper provides one of the first quantitative analysis linking punishment theories to the juvenile justice system, exploring at a national level, factors significantly related to juvenile justice policy adoption. Secondly, blended sentencing emphasizes a deterrence model of punishment, yet previous research suggests adolescents may not be capable of understanding and comprehending the consequences of their actions (Beckman 2004). Preliminary analysis of fifty-seven pre-transition interviews of juveniles exiting correctional facilities, and over thirty post-transition interviews suggest that young people are acutely sensitive to blended sentences when they are locked up, but the impact and meaning of a blended sentence changes rapidly as they rejoin their community.
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Schaefer, Shelly. "Blurring the Lines: Blended Sentencing and the Juvenile Justice System" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p374818_index.html>

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Schaefer, S. , 2009-11-04 "Blurring the Lines: Blended Sentencing and the Juvenile Justice System" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p374818_index.html

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Abstract: Since the 1990s, juvenile code reforms have been enacted in all but three states, expanding the processing of juveniles in adult court, increasing public access to confidential juvenile cases, and the introduction of blended sentencing (Torbet 2000). This paper concentrates on the introduction of a new national policy in juvenile justice, blended sentencing. To date, twenty-seven states have adopted blended sentencing statutes that expand the sentencing authority of juveniles by combining a juvenile sentence with a stayed adult sentence (Griffin 2007). This paper provides one of the first quantitative analysis linking punishment theories to the juvenile justice system, exploring at a national level, factors significantly related to juvenile justice policy adoption. Secondly, blended sentencing emphasizes a deterrence model of punishment, yet previous research suggests adolescents may not be capable of understanding and comprehending the consequences of their actions (Beckman 2004). Preliminary analysis of fifty-seven pre-transition interviews of juveniles exiting correctional facilities, and over thirty post-transition interviews suggest that young people are acutely sensitive to blended sentences when they are locked up, but the impact and meaning of a blended sentence changes rapidly as they rejoin their community.


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Agreeing What to Do But Not Why: Sentencing in a Juvenile Justice System


 
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