Tracking juvenile justice system reform

Charting national change in juvenile justice policy, practices, and statistics to better understand and encourage reform.

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Racial/ethnic fairness data now available

Racial/ethnic fairness

Federal law requires each state to monitor the disproportionate contact of youth of color with the juvenile justice system. Even so, disparities exist in most states. Learn about the complexities states face with calculating and addressing disparities in the increasingly diverse juvenile population.

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Charting change in the national landscape: an evolving online resource

JJGPS is a project to develop an online repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states. The six main areas of JJGPS will be released as they're developed. More about JJGPS »

  • Jurisdictional boundaries Available

    Has juvenile jurisdiction shrunk or expanded? States must address boundaries of childhood/adolescence and adulthood in the context of addressing criminal behavior.

  • Juvenile defense Available

    How are juveniles defended? The existence of separate juvenile justice frameworks in each state provides an alternative to treating children and youth accused of criminal acts differently than as if they are small adults.

  • Racial/ethnic fairness Available

    Federal law requires each state to monitor the disproportionate contact of youth of color with the juvenile justice system. Even so, disparities exist in most states. Learn about the complexities states face with calculating and addressing disparities in the increasingly diverse juvenile population.

  • Juvenile justice services Available

    How are the states organized to advance more active and results-oriented juvenile justice solutions? There is not 1 juvenile justice system but 51 different systems with great variation in how delinquency services are provided and evidence based practice advanced.

  • Status offense issues Available

    How do states address the behavior of youth that is illegal by virtue of their status as a minor? Youth who commit status offenses should not be drawn into a system designed to intervene with adolescent criminal behavior.

  • Systems integration Available

    How do juvenile justice systems and child welfare collaborate and integrate resources in the states? Youth who are involved in more than one system require special attention and coordination.

About this project

Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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