May 8, 1997(Key vote)
Title: Juvenile Crime bill
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that allows juveniles that commit violent crimes or specific drug offenses to be tried as adults more easily.
Allows the Attorney General to determine if a 13 year old, who has allegedly committed a federal offense, should be tried as an adult.
Allows juveniles 14 or older to be tried as adults for federal violent crimes and for federal drug crimes.
Calls for juvenile records to be kept and available to the public in the same manner as adult offenders' records.
Indicates that juveniles cannot be held in jails with adult offenders before or after trial.
Calls on the Attorney General to establish an armed violent youth apprehension program to run for 5 years.
Appropriates $1.5 billion for the fiscal years 1998 through 2000 to carry out the provisions within the bill.
Calls for incentive grants for states to implement various programs, including: building correction or detention facilities, hiring additional juvenile judges, probation officers, court-appointed defenders and prosecutors, and establishing interagency information sharing programs to include juvenile and criminal justice system, schools and social services agencies.
Stipulates that special priority be given to funding for law enforcement initiatives related to gangs.