A generation after record levels of youth crime spurred a nationwide movement to prosecute more teenagers as adults, a consensus is emerging that many young delinquents have been mishandled by the adult court system.
In the quest to get tough on criminals, many policy makers lost sight of seeking balance between the best interests of the offender and the interests of society. That was especially true with juvenile offenders.
But we now have evidence that juvenile waivers is just one more failed remnant of the overall failure of the 1980s get tough approach. But old ways die slowly especially in states like Idaho. While others states revamp their crime control policies, Idaho continues along it merry way creating damage in its wake and wasting tax payer money.