Youth Transfer: The Importance of Individualized Transfer Review

Campaign for Youth JusticeThis brief from the Campaign for Youth Justice examines the individual and systematic factors considered critical when judges and prosecutors are determining whether to prosecute a youth as an adult. Some of those factors include: age, maturity, mental health status, substance abuse history, exposure to trauma, family and/or community supports available, access to rehabilitative programming, and exhaustion of rehabilitative juvenile programs. The brief also notes public safety concerns as to why youth should not be transferred to adult court; ninety-five percent of incarcerated youth will return to their communities before their 25th birthday. Therefore, the experience and rehabilitative services they receive in their youth and young adulthood are critical to public safety.