G. Larry Mays and Rick Ruddell: Do the Crime, Do the Time: Juvenile Criminals and Adult Justice in the American Court System
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Do the Crime, Do the Time: Juvenile Criminals and Adult Justice in the American Court System, by G. Larry Mays and Rick Ruddell, provides readers with an educational overview of the juvenile justice system and an analysis of the challenges facing today’s young criminal offenders. Specifically, the authors provide an in-depth analysis of the practice of transferring youth to adult criminal courts and find that the possibility of transfer carries many significant implications for juvenile law-breakers. The authors draw on case studies, historical analysis, and a vast variety of statistical and comparative data to provide readers with a complete picture of the juvenile justice system and youth transfers. While assessing the detriments, as well as a few positives, of transferring youth to adult courts, the book challenges widely held public perceptions of young offenders and compares the purported reasoning behind the practice of transfers with realistic statistics and outcomes.