Some juvenile cases get transferred to adult criminal court through a process called a "waiver"—when a judge waives the protections that juvenile court provides.
Criminal justice is a process, involving a series of steps beginning with a criminal investigation and ending with the release of a convicted offender from correctional supervision. The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, for example, govern the procedure in all criminal.
FindLaw's overview of how juvenile proceedings differ from adult criminal proceedings. Learn more by visiting FindLaw's Criminal Law section.
Should Juveniles Be Charged as Adults in the Criminal Justice System? and the process by which the law addresses a juvenile's actions.
Among youths processed in the adult criminal court, 66% had at least one psychiatric disorder and 43% had two or more types of disorders. Prevalence rates.