May 20, 1999(Key vote)
Title: Juvenile Crime bill
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that would strengthen penalties for juvenile criminals, establish youth rehabilitation programs and create other programs to reduce youth criminal activity.
Authorizes juveniles 14 or older to be tried as adults in federal court if they commit serious violent or drug-related crimes.
Subjects a juvenile who is charged as an adult in federal court to the same procedures and penalties as adults, but prohibits sentencing anyone under age 18 to death.
Prohibits housing juvenile offenders in the same facilities as adults, but allows certain rural areas with limited juvenile facilities wider latitude in this regard.
Authorizes $5 billion over the next five years for programs to prevent juvenile crime, including $450 million in block grants to states for juvenile accountability programs and $435 million for prevention programs.
Strengthens penalties for individuals recruiting youths into street gangs.
Establishes the National Parenting Support and Education Commission to provide parents with advice on how to keep their children away from crime.
Requires mandatory background checks prior to the sale of firearms at gun shows or pawn shops.
Increases penalties for possession of firearms by a juvenile, possession of firearms or ammunition on school property, and transfer of weapons or ammunition to a juvenile.
Requires child safety devices be sold with all handguns.
Prohobits Internet sales of weapons or explosives.
Calls for a study of the effect of violence in video games and music on children.