Competency to stand trial in preadjudicated and petitioned juvenile defendants

Dana Royce Baerger, Eugene F. Griffin, John S. Lyons, Ron Simmons

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As state legislatures across the United States continue to permit younger juvenile defendants to be tried in adult court, juvenile competence to stand trial has become an issue of increasing legal and forensic significance. This study examined competency to stand trial in a sample of preadjudicated and petitioned juvenile defendants. Results revealed that juveniles deemed unfit to stand trial were younger than their competent counterparts, had more severe special education needs, and had more extensive mental health treatment histories. These results are consistent with those of prior research in this area. Implications for treatment planning and system reform are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-320
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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