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Juvenile Programs

Lea en español Communities have been focusing on reaching out to at-risk juveniles. One way they are doing that is by establishing programs suggested by the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model, a research project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The model offers programs and goals for communities trying to prevent […]

The Juvenile Justice System

Lea en español Once a juvenile has been accused of committing a criminal or status offense, a juvenile court’s intake officer decides how to proceed through the criminal justice system. The officer evaluates a number of factors, including: whether a strong likelihood exists that the juvenile committed the act. the severity or violence of the […]

Status Offenses

Lea en español Status offenses are acts considered wrongful or chargeable only when committed by a minor. They involve restrictions placed on minors so they will be more likely to attend school, return home at a safe hour or avoid using or becoming addicted to nicotine, alcohol or illegal drugs. Juveniles charged with a status […]

Juvenile Justice

Lea en español The Juvenile Court Process In most instances, when a minor violates the law, the matter will be resolved in a special court known as a juvenile court. As a general rule, proceedings in juvenile courts are civil, not criminal. Accordingly, a juvenile will typically not be charged with a crime, but may […]

Must a juvenile call his or her parents before being questioned?

The police do not have to let a juvenile call his or her parents before questioning. The juvenile can refuse to answer questions and insist that his or her parents be called and be present before making any statements. The refusal to answer questions may continue until the parents are present.

Juvenile justice: an overview

Juvenile justice is the area of criminal law applicable to persons not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. In most states, the age for criminal culpability is set at 18 years. Juvenile law is mostly governed by state law, and most states have enacted a juvenile code. The main objective of the […]