August 2, 2011
National Juvenile Justice Network
Thanks in part to the advocacy of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA), an NJJN member, the Connecticut Judicial Department will now screen all police summons for youth arrested for minor offenses in schools.
Because research has shown that contact with the juvenile justice system can have negative outcomes for youth with low-level offenses, the Judicial Department seeks to reduce the number of arrests made in schools for behavior that could be dealt with by school staff.
Specifically, probation supervisors will recommend no further court involvement for typical adolescent behavior, such as wearing a hat in school, talking back to staff, running in the halls, or swearing.
Click to see:
• the revised policy describing probation intake procedures;
• criteria for "no further action";
• letter from the Judicial Department to local police chiefs about the policy; and
• letter from the Judicial Department to local school superintendents about the policy.