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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: November 29, 2007
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

Independent Panel Issues Report on Transfer of Youth from Juvenile to Adult Justice System

A new report - "Effects on Violence of Laws and Policies Facilitating the Transfer of Youth from the Juvenile to the Adult Justice System: A Report on Recommendations of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services", will be published today as part of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Recommendations and Reports series.

The recommendations from a team of researchers led by scientists at the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide) are based on a systematic review of studies that examined the effectiveness of strengthened laws and policies for transferring youth under age 18 to the adult justice system.

The report from the Task Force on Community Preventive Services - an independent, nonfederal panel of community health experts - recommends against laws or policies that facilitate the transfer of juveniles to the adult justice system.

The full report is available at


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