The Chosen Few

Marcy Rasmussen Podkopacz, Hennepin County District Court, MN

Prosecutors can motion any juvenile between the ages of 14 to 17 that have been charged with a felony under MN Blended Sentencing to face the possibility of adult criminal sanctions. However, only about one-quarter of the potential candidates are motioned. This research attempts to determine the differences between those youth prosecutors chose to motion and those they decide to treat as ordinary juveniles. Youth that have faced transfer to adult court under Bended Sentencing (1995 forward) will be matched with juveniles who prosecutors have not motioned. Matching will be done based on the criteria that are used for motioning (age, type of offense, prior delinquency). Muiltivariate analysis will be used to determine what differentiates these youth.

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Updated 05/20/2006