Juvenile courts are more oriented towards treatment and rehabilitation of offenders as compared to adult courts.
Typically on major offenses a juvenile can be sentenced for a minimum of one year in DYS (the Department of Youth Services) up to age 21.
A juvenile can be bound over to adult court for rape if the offender is as young as 14. If the offender is 16 the juvenile may face a mandatory bindover.
If that occurs the juvenile would face the same penalty as an adult and would be subject to incarceration in an adult prison.
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