The Benefits and Consequences of Transferring Juveniles to Adult Court in Wisconsin?

Martin G. Urbina, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

The objective of the proposed study is to conduct an extensive study on a matter that is often talked about and polemic, but often poorly understood: the benefits and ramifications of transferring juveniles to adult court in Wisconsin. Specifically, in the hope of providing a balance to the existing literature and research on waiver decisions, the proposed study will provide professional practitioners (i.e., defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges) who wish to participate an opportunity to voice their concerns via questionnaire (or face-to-face interview). The goal is to provide a unique presentation of the views and experiences of those who work on a day-to-day basis with juvenile cases-and thus obtain first-hand knowledge. The objective is not to provide a partial or distorted description of waiver decisions, but to offer an inclusive and extensive analysis of the most meaningful aspects of transferring juveniles to criminal court-those things which are most meaningful to the juveniles and professionals themselves. The ultimate goal is to obtain a better understanding of the many complex issues and challenges of transferring juveniles to criminal court, and, above all, gain information that will guide us in making necessary policy modifications that will reduce consequences and increase benefits.

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Updated 05/20/2006