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From Time-Out to Hard Time: Young Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System

Michele Deitch Amanda Barstow Leslie Lukens Ryan Reyna

This policy research report analyzes the available data with regard to the transfer of young children to adult criminal court, documents the extremely harsh and tragic consequences that follow when young children go into the adult criminal justice system, profiles practices in states with particularly severe outcomes for these young children, looks at international practices and offers policy recommendations.