The Will of the People? The Public's Opinion of the Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender

The United States Senate is expected to vote on a bill shortly which would radically alter America's juvenile justice system. The Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender Act of 1997 (S. 10), co-authored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) contains sweeping provisions which would affect youths arrested for criminal offenses and status offenses (acts like truancy, curfew violations and running away from home which are not crimes if committed by adults), as well as acts for which they have never been arrested at all (such as smoking cigarettes on school grounds).


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