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Youth Transfer Decisions: Exploring County Variations

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‘Much research has been conducted on juvenile transfers, but relatively few studies rely on official and self-report data to evaluate this process. By using data from four counties within Washington State, this study examines how legal, extra-legal, and organizational variables impact waiver decisions. In cases where youths were selected for transfer proceedings, data from official records are used to compare transfers within and between counties. In addition, interview data with juvenile court personnel (e.g., juvenile court judges, probation officers, legal advisors), are used to assess that factors associated with transfer decisions. Policy implications are presented along with recommendations for future research. ‘ [Article abstract]