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.


NCSL State Liaisons


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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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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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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.