In our experience, juveniles often commit multiple offenses in a short time. Sometimes the offenses are all minor; sometimes they are quite serious. When there is such an apparent “crimes spree,” a common question we hear is whether the juvenile will go to “juvenile hall,” prison or jail for an extended period, or at all. The discussion usually continues into a discussion of fire camp and home on probation (HOP).
The case of D.B., a minor, seems to offer an example of such a “crime spree” and how punishment is determined. A petition was filed against him in juvenile court in Sacramento alleging nine counts from incidents over a few days. On May 23, 2010, while sixteen years old, he allegedly stole a car by punching its owner. This resulted in charges of robbery, battery and carjacking. Robbery is an offense included in Welfare and Institutions Code § 707(b), which lists those offenses for which a juvenile may be committed to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations, Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF).
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