The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that a juvenile may be sentenced to a longer maximum commitment than an adult tried for the same crime if the following conditions are present: 1.) the juvenile is notified at the outset of the proceedings of all factors upon which the state proposes to base the adjudication; 2.) the facts supporting the ultimate conclusions must be clearly found and set forth; and, 3.) it must be clear that during the longer commitment the juvenile will receive appropriate rehabilitative care.
Wilson Appeal, 438 Pa. 425, 264 A.2d 614 (1970).
James R. Miller,
Juveniles - Adjudication of Delinquency - Maximum Sentences,
Duq. L. Rev.
Available at: https://dsc.duq.edu/dlr/vol9/iss4/12