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Urban policy -- Oregon -- Portland -- Periodicals, Portland (Or.) -- Politics and government -- Periodicals, Portland (Or.) -- Social conditions -- Periodicals


At what age should a juvenile offender be tried as an adult? Should juvenile courts be required to make determinations on remand (transfer of juveniles to adult court) on specific crimes and criteria? These and other questions on remand have been topics of increasing public debate in recent years. Pressures from prosecutors, victims and others hare added impetus to an already growing movement, based on public perception of increasing juvenile crime, to "get tough" with Oregon's serious juvenile offenders.

Three similar bills (SB 154, SB 595, HB 2955) were introduced in the 1983 legislative session to lower the remand age from 16 to 14 for violent crimes only. An opposing bill (SB 719) retained the age a t 16 and added more stringent criteria to consider in making the remand decision. None of the bills, except HB 2955, received consideration. Proponents rallied behind HB 2955, which passed the House but died without a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Opposing sides were attempting compromise when the legislature adjourned. Having been introduced in the last two sessions, the remand issue is likely to surface again in 1985.

Published in City Club of Portland Bulletin Vol. 64, No. 35

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