Transfer to Adult Court Allowable?

Maximum Length of Sentence for a Juvenile

Separation of Incarcerated Juveniles from Adults

Yes, for serious felonies

2 to 7 years

Not mandatory, generally separated in practice

No

1/2 adult sentence

Yes

Yes

No juvenile incarceration

Not mandatory, generally separated in practice

N/A

8 years

Yes

Yes

2 years

Yes

No

1/2 adult sentence

Yes

Yes

10 years

Yes

No

15 years

Yes

No

1/3 adult sentence

Yes

Yes

Lifetime sentence

Yes

Yes

Lifetime sentence

Yes

Yes

No juvenile incarceration

No (some exceptions)

N/A

10 years

Yes

N/A

No lifetime sentence

Yes

No

One year

Yes

SOURCE: Weitekamp et al. (1999).

a The lower age limit is 7 in Tasmania.

b Age of full criminal responsibility differs by state



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