Juvenile offenders are seen differently by the courts and therefore require a different court process than their adult counterparts. Juveniles do not go to trial, they are adjudicated; they are not charged with crimes, they are charged with offenses; and they are not sentenced, they receive a disposition. Court processes for juveniles require more than superficial modifications to the adult justice system. Over the last decade, a great deal of research has been conducted to find out what works and, more importantly, what does not work with juvenile offenders.
The NCJFCJ understands that juvenile justice reform is of paramount importance and has dedicated significant resources to that end.
- Register for upcoming trainings featuring juvenile justice topics
View a list of upcoming NCJFCJ trainings featuring juvenile justice and many other topics.
- Request technical assistance
Get answers to the questions you have regarding juvenile offenders. To request technical assistance, please email email@example.com.
- Browse publications
The NCJFCJ has an extensive library of juvenile justice-related publications.