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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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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System

Questions about the equality of minority treatment by police, courts and other personnel in the justice system have prompted state policymakers to address this important issue. At least 15 states in the past decade have enacted legislation identifying and addressing over-representation of minorities in the juvenile justice system.

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COVID-19: Juvenile Justice Reform and the Pandemic | Episode 96

Efforts to reform the juvenile justice system have been going on for the past 20 years, driven by research, court decisions and other factors. In this podcast, we talk about where the reform efforts stood before the pandemic, how COVID-19 has affected juvenile justice and how the health crisis may change the system down the road.

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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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