Juvenile Justice

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The role of the juvenile prosecutor is multifaceted. Juvenile prosecutors play a key role in ensuring that juvenile crime in communities is being addressed fairly; that efforts are being made to prevent such crime; that offenders are receiving positive interventions and appropriate services to reduce re-offending; and that victims and witnesses are being supported.  

Juvenile prosecutors make decisions on a daily basis regarding case assessments/investigations, charging, plea bargaining, disposition/sentencing and overall legal strategy. They work closely with victims, witnesses and members of law enforcement. They also spend time in communities, including speaking at schools, and attending community events in order to share information about juvenile justice and learn from other stakeholders. 

The current approach to juvenile delinquency balances community safety, offender accountability to victims and communities, and competency development in offenders. These three goals, as a comprehensive response to juvenile delinquency, encourage participation of all stakeholders to ensure optimal outcomes in the court system. Prosecutors embracing these three goals have developed strategies to address juvenile justice issues and have demonstrated a willingness to seek legal solutions beyond traditional law enforcement responses. Across the United States, prosecutors are developing programs to divert youth from the justice system and recommending community-based programs where appropriate at the dispositional/sentencing phase of the case. The utilization of effective programs and interventions helps make communities safer and improves outcomes for youth. Juvenile prosecutors are collaborating with agency and community partners to promote public safety, address the needs of victims and witnesses, and hold youth accountable while helping ensure they travel along a positive path and successful path in the future. 

Contact Angela Albertus, Program Director

National District Attorneys Association
1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 330
Arlington, VA 22202

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