The past year was significant on several fronts where delinquency was concerned. The General Assembly responded positively to fifteen years of advocacy for a separate administrative agency to deal with delinquent youths. There were several important Virginia decisions governing the transfer process in an era of growing concern about serious offenses by juveniles, and the Supreme Court of the United States brought some closure to constitutional attacks on the death penalty for minors.
Robert E. Shepherd Jr.,
Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Legal Issues Involving Children,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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