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Extended jurisdiction juvenile prosecutions: To revoke or not to revoke.

Sulok, Megan M.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. 39(1): 215-284.

If this incident had occurred two years earlier, the state’s attorney would have had two options for prosecuting J.W.:
(1) petition the juvenile court for a discretionary transfer to try J.W. in adult court, or (2) require J.W. to remain in juvenile
court, which would lose jurisdiction over J.W. upon her twenty-first birthday. … Illinois has joined the growing
number of states that use a form of blended sentencing, called EJJ prosecutions, in which a juvenile receives both a juvenile
sentence and an adult sentence. … The juvenile court and the state’s attorney practiced a system of concurrent
jurisdiction in which the state’s attorney prosecuted the children who committed serious crimes while on probation
and/or who were first-time, violent offenders. … After examining the legislative intent behind enacting the EJJ provision,
this Part discusses some uncertainties surrounding the EJJ revocation procedure, including the process by which
the juvenile loses the chance to remain in the juvenile system and the adult sentence is executed. … Therefore, an EJJ
designation means that the judge determined that the minor is amenable to the services in the juvenile system or that the
adult system is otherwise inappropriate for the offender. … Although the Illinois Supreme Court has yet to determine
whether the EJJ revocation procedure is void for vagueness, subsequent cases are likely to raise the issue if an EJJ juvenile’s
adult sentence is executed. (Author’s Abstract)


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