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Title: Juvenile Crime bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that allows juveniles that commit violent crimes or specific drug offenses to be tried as adults more easily.


  • Allows the Attorney General to determine if a 13 year old, who has allegedly committed a federal offense, should be tried as an adult.
  • Allows juveniles 14 or older to be tried as adults for federal violent crimes and for federal drug crimes.
  • Calls for juvenile records to be kept and available to the public in the same manner as adult offenders' records.
  • Indicates that juveniles cannot be held in jails with adult offenders before or after trial.
  • Calls on the Attorney General to establish an armed violent youth apprehension program to run for 5 years.
  • Appropriates $1.5 billion for the fiscal years 1998 through 2000 to carry out the provisions within the bill.
  • Calls for incentive grants for states to implement various programs, including: building correction or detention facilities, hiring additional juvenile judges, probation officers, court-appointed defenders and prosecutors, and establishing interagency information sharing programs to include juvenile and criminal justice system, schools and social services agencies.
  • Stipulates that special priority be given to funding for law enforcement initiatives related to gangs.