Helms School of Government


Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice (PhD)


Gregory Koehle


transfer, collateral consequences, juvenile justice system, adolescent brain development


Law | Legal Studies


This study will examine the relationship between juvenile transfer laws, certified juveniles, the criminal justice system, and the potential collateral consequences juveniles face when subjected to juvenile transfer laws. To obtain a deeper understanding of the impact of juvenile transfer laws and their potential collateral consequences, a qualitative study will be conducted utilizing several methods of data collection to include interviews; observations; and textual analysis of adult 1, adult 2, and criminal justice practitioners, to include, jail administrator, corrections officer, police, probation and parole officer, prosecuting attorney, and DOC staff. In the interview process, information will be gathered to contribute to the existing body of literature regarding the effects of juvenile transfer laws upon the juvenile and the criminal justice practitioners above. Quantitative data will also be used to show the number of juveniles transferred in the state of Missouri within the last ten years. In addition, information will be gathered through covert observations through interaction with the juvenile subject to juvenile transfer laws. Finally, information will be gathered using textual analysis to analyze current literature on juvenile transfer laws and the potential collateral consequences juveniles are subjected to when entering and exiting the criminal justice system. The findings of this research could possibly paint a different picture of juvenile transfer laws, juvenile offenders, the juvenile justice system that was designed to help them, as well as shed light on any collateral consequences juveniles may face.