HANDBOOK OF CHILDREN, CULTURE, AND VIOLENCE, N. Dowd, D. Singer, & R. Wilson, eds., Sage Publications, 2005.


This chapter discusses the research on the general and specific deterrent effects of transferring juveniles for trial in adult criminal court, identifies gaps in our knowledge base that require further research, discusses the circumstances under which effective deterrence may be achieved, and examines whether there are effective alternatives for achieving deterrence other than adult sanctions for serious juvenile offenders. As a backdrop to this analysis, the chapter first examines the role of public opinion in shaping the get tough policies, and how policy makers have misunderstood and perceived support for these policies.


Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Juvenile Law | Law and Society

Date of this Version

April 2006