Connecticut is widely considered a model for how a state can improve its juvenile justice system, while improving public safety and overall youth outcomes. Increasingly, youth charged with minor offenses are diverted from court involvement, and may instead receive behavioral health supports and other programming proven effective. For youth involved in the court system, the state has passed laws ensuring evidence-based practices, greater access to education and behavioral health care, and improvements in legal processing. The state also now regulates many issues stemming from school discipline policies that may otherwise push youth into unnecessary court involvement. As an early adopter of many reform policies based on a better understanding of crime deterrence and youth developmental psychology, Connecticut has earned recognition for its leadership, continued reforms and innovations that will allow the state to uphold this reputation.
Legislative Session was canceled to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
An act concerning confidentiality in the case of a discretionary transfer of a juvenile’s case to the regular criminal docket and implementing the recommendations of the juvenile justice policy and oversight committee.
An act concerning the recommendations of the juvenile justice policy and oversight committee and concerning the transfer of juvenile services from the department of children and families to the court support services division of the judicial branch.
An Act concerning the state budget for the biennium ending June 30, 2019, making appropriations therefor, authorizing and adjusting bonds of the state and implementing provisions of the budget.