James Madison Institute
Policy Brief

No Place for A Child: Direct File of Juveniles Comes at a High Cost; Time to Fix Statutes

Deborrah Brodsky, Sal Nuzzo | February 11, 2016

At the turn of the 20th century, advocates of an alternate court process for juveniles highlighted problems that existed with prosecuting court-involved children in adult court where they principally faced punishment and surveillance. As an alternative, these advocates established juvenile courts, which reduced the severity of punishment and combined it with rehabilitative regimes and programs aimed at turning children’s lives around.