Juvenile Justice – Connecticut

Legal Rights in Detention, Center for Children’s Advocacy, 2015

Educational Advocacy for Youth Ages 16 – 21, Center for Children’s Advocacy, 2014

Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut, Justice Policy Institute, Feb 2013

Hard Lessons: School Resource Officer Programs and School Based Arrests in 3 Towns Nov 2008

Juvenile Jurisdiction Planning and Implementation Committee Final Report Feb 2007

Trial Manual for Defense Attorneys in Juvenile Court

Non-Judicial and Judicial Case Processing Flowchart Juvenile Probation Services, Court Support Services Division


Girls’ Juvenile Justice – Connecticut

From Trauma to Tragedy: CT Girls in Adult Prison Jul 2008

Girls Programs Inquiry Project – Findings and Recommendations Alyssa Benedict, MPH, CORE Associates

Voice, Choice & Hope  Juvenile Justice Consensus Documents (DCF plan for closing CJTS), Jan 2006

Not Just Child’s Play: Role of Behavioral Health Screening and Assessment in CT Juvenile Justice System Aug 2005

A System of Services for Girls in Connecticut Dr. Marty Beyer, Dec 2005


Disproportionate Minority Contact

Understanding Juvenile Car Theft: A National Issue, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, 2-2021

Memorandum of Agreement between Hartford Public Schools and Hartford Police Department ensuring consistent response to incidents of student misbehavior in non-emergency school disruptions; clarifying role of law enforcement; reducing involvement of police and court agencies for misconduct at school and school-related events. November 2012

An Assessment of Minority Overrepresentation in Connecticut’s Juvenile Justice System, Spectrum Associates, Nov 2017

Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut
Justice Policy Institute, February 2013

Reassessment of Minority Overrepresentation in CT’s Juvenile Justice System Spectrum Associates, June 2001



CPTV Documentary “The Color of Justice”


CPTV Documentary: Education vs. Incarceration
The Real Cost of Failing Our Kids
Features Center for Children’s Advocacy and CT Juvenile Justice Alliance, May 2011


Connecticut Juvenile Justice System Forms

Erasure of Record Petition / Order
For use by a juvenile who has been convicted of an offense and petitions the court to erase all records of the conviction. For this petition to be heard, at least 2-4 years must have passed since the date the child was discharged from the supervision of the Superior Court, discharged from custody of the DCFs, or from any other institution or agency.

Appearance (Juvenile)
To document the name of the attorney that will appear for the named individual.

Application for Appointment of Counsel – Waiver of fees
Used by the defendant to apply for the appointment of counsel and waiver of fees.

School Violence Prevention Program, Motion, Order, Disposition
For use by a juvenile charged with violence on school property, to apply for participation in the school violence program.

Motion for Continuance, Juvenile Matters
To file a motion for a continuance of court proceedings with documentation of the reasons the continuance is requested.

Motion for Intervention in Juvenile Matters
To file a motion to the court, that the named individual would like to intervene in an existing juvenile court case.

Application for Issuance of Subpoena – Juvenile Matters
This form should be used to request that the court issues a subpoena to the named individuals to testify in the listed juvenile court case.


Emily J. Lawsuit


National Resources

Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy: A Resource for Juvenile Defense Attorneys
National Child Traumatic Stress Network, NJDC, ABA Center on Children and the Law, 2018

Youth Incarceration in the United States
Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot, 2013

The Real Costs and Benefits of Change – Finding Opportunities for Reform During Difficult Fiscal Times
National Juvenile Justice Network,  Jun 2010

Hidden Injustice: a report on the experiences of LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system
Pub 2009 by the Equity Project

The Changing Borders of Juvenile Justice: Transfer of Adolescents to the Criminal Court
Eds: Jeffrey Fagan and Franklin E. Zimrig, University of Chicago Press, 2000. IBSN 0-226-23380-4

Girls’ Justice Initiative
National collaboration of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting equity and justice for girls involved in the juvenile justice and related systems, using research, public education, and advocacy to identify areas for reform and promote gender-responsive policies.

Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel in Delinquency Court  2009

Tools for Promoting Educational Success and Reducing Delinquency
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), Jan 2007


Families with Service Needs (FWSN)

Truancy Intervention: National Models and Connecticut Initiatives
Center for Children’s Advocacy, 2015

Families with Service Needs Advisory Board Final Report
to Connecticut General Assembly, 2010