• Clarifies youth are developmentally different and must be treated differently; the goal of juvenile justice is rehabilitation;
  • Law enforcement interactions with youth should adopt developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, equitable approaches—including communication, conduct, and legal responses–that take into account youths’ differences from adults and the special protections to which they are entitled;
  • Explicit recognition that youth are entitled to constitutional protections;
  • Commit to use procedural justice practices, including additional strategies with youth including expressing care and concern for the youth and avoiding use of predatory behavior that exploits youths’ structural vulnerabilities;
  • Acknowledges the agency’s obligations to adhere to the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) when transporting youth to booking and lockups;  explicit recognition that the agency is committed to meeting the JJDPA’s requirement to reduce police contact that exacerbates ethnic and racial disparities;
  • Explicitly commits to bias-free policing of youth;
  • Clarifies the difference between status offenses and criminal offenses,
  • Recognizes importance of de-escalation and alternatives to arrest
  • Explicitly commits to developing partnerships with youth-serving community based organizations to support youth,
  • States the age of juvenile court authority over youth and the age at which arrest may occur;
  • Provides definitions of institutions in the jurisdiction that share responsibility for youth.

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