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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Marczyk et al. on Juvenile Decertification

Geoffrey MarczykKirk HeilbrunTammy Lander and David DeMatteo (Independent, Drexel University, affiliation not provided to SSRN and Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law) have posted Juvenile Decertification: Developing a Model for Classification and Prediction on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This study considers the impact of data from the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV), the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI), and the Youth Level of Service Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) on the court's decision whether to decertify an adolescent defendant back to juvenile court or keep the defendant in criminal court. There are significant positive relationships between certification status and age; number of violent charges; total charges; PCL:YV, YLS/CMI, and MAYSI total scores; and select subscales of the MAYSI and the YLS/CMI. Significant differences are found between those who remained in the adult criminal justice system and those who were decertified to the juvenile justice system for age, YLS/CMI total score, and the Prior and Current Offenses and Dispositions and Personality and Behavior subscales of the YLS/CMI. The combination of PCL:YV total score and select subscales from the MAYSI and YLS/CMI provided the most accurate model for predicting certification status.

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