|Report Highlights State Trends in Juvenile Justice Legislation
November 24, 2015
The National Conference of State Legislatures has released "Trends in Juvenile Justice State Legislation 2011-2015," which examines state legislative activity from 2011 to 2015 on a number of juvenile justice issues. The report describes the increasing momentum of state juvenile justice policy development in the past 5 years and catalogs the volume and variety of juvenile justice legislation enacted in the states. According to the report, significant trends have emerged to restore jurisdiction to the juvenile court, divert youth from the system, shift resources from incarceration to community-based alternatives, provide strong public defense for youth, and respond more effectively to the mental health needs of young offenders.
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The report builds on "Trends in Juvenile Justice State Legislation: 2001-2011."
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