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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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Principles of Effective Juvenile Justice Policy Update

In 2018, NCSL published the Principles of Effective Juvenile Justice Policy, the result of 11 months of work in 2017 by the NCSL Juvenile Justice Principles Work Group. Read both the original report and 2020 update.

 

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CIVIL & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Juvenile Justice

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Juvenile Justice 2021 Year-End Report

State juvenile justice legislation in 2021 focused on amending ages of juvenile court jurisdiction, addressing due process rights and police interrogations, sealing and expunging records and limiting the amount of fines or fees paid by justice involved youth. Many of the laws enacted in 2021 reflected the policies and principles laid out in NCSL’s publication Principles of Effective Juvenile Justice Policy.

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Juvenile Probation Scan

Check out this first of its kind, comprehensive online statutory database of juvenile probation laws created in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

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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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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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