The purpose of this policy analysis was to examine California's Proposition 21, which made significant changes to the juvenile justice system. For example, juveniles age 14 years or older were required to be transferred to adult criminal court for capital murder charges or serious sex offenses and the number of offenses for which juveniles could be tried as adults increased. This policy analysis used professional journal articles, law reviews, and law case studies.
Proposition 21 was part of an ongoing nationwide movement to get tough on juvenile crime. The objectives were to deter juvenile crime and protect society from dangerous juveniles. One significant social policy challenge is that the law decreases the focus on the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. Therefore, it is critical that social workers focus on the prevention of juvenile offending.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Law, Social work, Criminology|
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