University of Pittsburgh

John Burkoff Comments on Increasing Number of Homicide Cases Against Juveniles

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December 11, 2012

In the wake of homicide charges against several juveniles in the slaying of a Beaver Falls woman, Professor John Burkoff said that the increase in such cases in the region had less to do with violence by young people and more to do with prosecutorial decisions. According to Professor Burkoff, "I think the reason we see more of these cases brought against younger offenders has more to do with decisions by prosecutors to try these cases in adult court than it does an increase in the numbers." 

See the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story here.

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