Juvenile Justice

Offenders who have not yet reached 18 years of age typically enter the juvenile justice system rather than the adult criminal justice system. While many of the crimes committed may be the same, juvenile offenders are subject to different laws and procedures than adults who have been charged with crimes. This section offers a guide to juvenile crime, the laws governing minors, and the court procedures involved in juvenile cases. You'll find articles and resources covering “status” crimes, police questioning of minors, the juvenile court process, the differences between juvenile proceedings and adult criminal proceedings, and much more.