It’s Time to Abolish Automatic Transfer

OP-ED: It’s Time to Abolish Automatic Transfer by John Maki

To read this article on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange website, click here.

In Illinois’ statehouse, legislators are debating a proposal that would give judges the power to determine whether kids should be tried in juvenile or criminal court, regardless of the crime they are accused of committing. This would change Illinois’ current law that empowers prosecutors to automatically transfer kids they charge with certain violent offenses to adult court, without the possibility of judicial review.

As most states in the country have similar laws that make it easier to try kids as if they were adults, this proposal deserves national attention, as it represents good policy and needed change.