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Report ImageNew Research Confirms 30-Year Trend of Poor Outcomes and Nearly Exclusive Impact on Minority Youth from Automatic Transfer to Adult Court. Illinois is one of few states giving unreviewable power to prosecutors.
Illinois  allows  children under the age  of  18  to  be  tried  in  adult criminal proceedings  without a  meaningful judicial  review  prior  removing  a child  from juvenile court jurisdiction.  Illinois is now  one  of  only 14 states  with no ability for individual review, either in juvenile or adult court, of the decision to try a child in adult court. Juvenile Justice Initiative examined individual cases of over 250 children who were automatically prosecuted as adults in Cook County from 2010 to 2012. Findings are profound. This study has confirmed racial disparities and poor outcomes of automatic transfers as previous studies.

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