Policy and Practice Reform

Juvenile Justice System Reform

Kids make mistakes.

Mistakes are a part of growing up. Mistakes are a way for the developing mind to learn, grow, and mature.

We need a juvenile justice system that fits kids’ need to learn from their mistakes and overcome them. 

Kids just being kids shouldn’t end up in the legal system. That means more civil citation, more diversion, and more effective interventions in the community to help kids learn from mistakes.

If our kids do get arrested, we want to make sure they do not face discrimination or harm while in secure detention.

Our kids in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems are among our community’s most vulnerable. Most have experienced traumatic things in life. Almost all have unmet needs related to family, mental and behavioral health, physical health, learning, and safety. We want to make sure they have access to education, health care, and treatment in the juvenile justice system.

We want to limit how and why kids are prosecuted as adults.

Kids who make mistakes shouldn’t pay for them for the rest of their lives. We are making sure that kids and young people have access to resources to seal and expunge juvenile records.