Juvenile Blended Sentencing Law and Legal Definition

Juvenile blended sentencing is a sentencing scheme that empowers juvenile courts to impose adult criminal sanctions on certain categories of serious juvenile offenders. Under such sentencing, the juvenile court imposes a sentence that blends a juvenile disposition and an adult sentence for certain serious youthful offenders. Only some states in the U.S. follow Juvenile Blended Sentencing. In states that allow their juvenile courts to impose blended sentences, detailed descriptions of procedures, standards, burdens of proof, and threshold offense and minimum age requirements are provided.