chapter  14
Future Directions in Juvenile Justice
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INTRODUCTION The juvenile court is in trouble. Critics point out numerous problems and suggest either change or elimination. State legislators and prosecutors have taken away many of the clients of juvenile court. New state laws mandate

handling many juveniles in adult criminal court. Prosecutors today have increased authority to direct juveniles to adult court. It is likely that these trends will continue and there will be little or nothing left of juvenile court.