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Juvenile Justice

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Juvenile Justice

The NCSL Juvenile Justice bill tracking database  tracks all pending and enacted bills on pertinent juvenile justice issues. Use this database to search by topic, state, key word or year. Topics include disproportionate minority contact, mental health and substance abuse, and conditions of confinment among others.

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Resources

Visit our Juvenile Justice resource pages for links to reports, LegisBriefs and past meetings and resources.

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CIVIL & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Juvenile Justice

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NCSL Partners

NCSL partners with The Pew Charitable Trusts' public safety performance project and the Annie E. Casey Foundation on juvenile justice policies.

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Overview

Preventing and addressing juvenile crime and delinquency remain perennial issues in state legislatures. NCSL tracks state actions that work to prevent delinquency; provide treatment to meet the alcohol, drug and mental health needs of young people; address the confidentiality of juvenile records; and otherwise address how young people are distinguished from adult offenders. NCSL has resources tracking how states are addressing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile life without parole sentences, including retroactive application.