This article presents an empirically based profile of the law violating behavior of youth and the juvenile justice system's response to such behaviors over the last generation. It begins with documenting trends in juvenile violent crime and drug abuse behavior using reports on or by victims and juvenile offender self-reports. Following this, it discusses trends in juvenile law-violating behaviors known to law enforcement using arrest statistics. The juvenile justice system's response to law-violating behavior is not a mechanical process. The article also explores trends in the juvenile justice system's responses to these officially recognized behaviors. The statistical resources used to build this picture have unique characteristics that need to be understood to interpret the findings properly.
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Pima County Teen Court PCTC is a juvenile crime diversion program that uses a restorative justice model and community service learning activities to reduce juvenile court recidivism in Pima County, Arizona. Teen Court is offered as an alternative to prosecution for youth years of age per year referred by Pima County Juvenile Court Center for misdemeanors and selected felony crimes e. Studies have demonstrated that Teen Court participants are re-arrested significantly less often than their counterparts who go through the Pima County Juvenile Court Center. At that time, juvenile courts across the country followed a traditional structure of justice that assumed most children would not return to the system once they had served their sentence. When those children did, the only option available to the courts was to increase the consequences. In , the Pima County Juvenile Court stepped to the forefront in dealing with juvenile delinquents.
This class satisfies the requirement of the Drug Free Youth Act and is offered to juveniles charged with drug or alcohol offenses. Each participant is required to complete a drug and alcohol assessment. Peer pressure, health hazards, legal issues and assertiveness training are some of the topics discussed in the class. The program challenges the offenders to make appropriate value judgments.
In North Carolina, if a youth is 15 years old or younger and commits a crime, his or her case will be brought to the attention of staff within the Juvenile Justice section of the N. The division focuses on juvenile justice issues and at-risk youth in the state. Thousands of youth encounter North Carolina's juvenile justice system through interaction with the Juvenile Justice Section's Juvenile Crime Prevention Council services, community programs, juvenile court services and juvenile commitment facilities.