The Nebraska Legislature recently examined the problem of broad prosecutorial discretion in handling juvenile offenders. The product of this extensive examination is L.B. 620. One of the bill's primary purposes is "to remove children who are within the provisions of this act from the criminal justice system whenever possible. " The bill's effect has been to limit dramatically the county attorney's discretion when choosing the forum in which to prosecute the juvenile offender.

I. Introduction

II. Former Nebraska Statutes

III. L.B. 620: Legislative History

IV. The Juvenile Offender after L.B. 620

V. Conclusion