No one will ever know, at least with any certainty, whether more harm than good has been done by the Federal Youth Corrections Act. The Act was enacted by Congress in 1950 upon the recommendation of a committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The youth offenders who have benefited under YCA are those who have committed the most serious crimes, such as murder, robbery, and rape, and those with the longest records of serious criminal conduct. Because of the YCA, some of these dangerous offenders have received less severe sentences, and some have been released on parole earlier than would have been the case under regular adult sentencing.
Wilfred J. Ritz,
Federal Youth Corrections Act: The Continuing Charade,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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