Since 1975 juvenile law center has worked to ensure that youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system have robust and meaningful rights access to education and developmentally appropriate treatment and opportunities to become healthy and productive adults. A program designed to keep a youth from entering the juvenile justice system through the legal process youth has contact with law enforcement the youth is discovered participating in a delinquent act and a law enforcement officer gets involved. This topic page houses several sub pages that cover the ins and outs of juvenile justice topics include the court process rights kinds of crimes records and kids in adult court and at the bottom of this page is a set of articles that point readers to state specific information on juvenile law. Law enforcement diverts many juvenile offenders out of the justice system at arrest a decision is made either to send the matter further into the justice system or to divert the case out of the system often into alternative programs. The juvenile justice system works to treat and rehabilitate juvenile offenders including diverting the juvenile from the court process through other restorative justice services when possible in addition juvenile courts move more quickly to resolve cases and provide the accused more privacy than adults charged with similar crimes
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