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Increasing the Minimum Age for Adult Court: Is it Desirable, and What are the Effects

This policy essay reviews some of the many factors that might influence offending, points out the important distinction between first offending and reoffending, summarizes our previous work on raising the minimum age for adult court processing, assesses the validity of the conclusions drawn by Loeffler and Chalfin, and sets out what we consider to be desirable methods of evaluating a legislative change such as this one.