This site presents information about international variations in the policies and practices of youth (or juvenile) justice systems, especially those pertaining to the use of secure confinement for youthful offenders. Juvenile justice refers to the procedures used by governments to respond to illegal acts by young people that are different from the procedures used in cases of crime by adults. Juvenile justice systems comprise law enforcement agencies, courts, residential institutions, social welfare organizations, and community-based providers. Juvenile justice systems vary from country to country. In fact, not all countries even have juvenile justice systems. In those that do, there can be significant variations in legal philosophies, policy strategies and organizational structures.
Development of this site was supported initially by a generous grant from the New York Community Trust.