Juvenile Transfer Laws: An Effective Deterrent to Delinquency?

About the Course:

This Bulletin provides an overview of research on the deterrent effects of transferring youth from juvenile to criminal courts, focusing on large scale comprehensive studies funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Additionally, this bulletin provides an overview of OJJDP-funded studies on the effect of transfer laws on recidivism.


U.S. Department of Justice

Publication Date:

August 2008


Richard E. Redding

About the Author:

Richard E. Redding, J.D., Ph.D., is professor of law at Chapman University School of Law.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and criminal justice officers, who seek knowledge about juvenile transfer laws and whether they are an effective deterrent to delinquency. It is appropriate for an introductory to intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Differentiate between general, potential, and specific deterrence.

  2. Discuss why transferred juveniles are more likely to offend.

  3. Explain why juveniles who are tried as adults have higher recidivism rates.

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