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Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and Maine Juvenile Code (Title 15) Compliance

Ryan Andersen

Juvenile Compliance Monitor
State House Station 111
Augusta, ME 04330

Phone: 207-287-4506

The JJDPA of 2002 requires that we:

  • Provide for an adequate system of monitoring jails, detention facilities, correctional facilities, and nonsecure facilities to ensure that
    • Juveniles who are charged with or who have committed offenses that would not be criminal if committed by an adult…or such non-offenders as dependent or neglected children shall not be placed in secure detention or correctional facilities (Section 223(a)(11))
    • Juveniles alleged to be or found to be delinquent [and status offenders and non-offenders] will not be detained or confined in any institution in which they have contact with adult inmates (Section 223(a)(12))
    • No juvenile shall be detained or confined in any jail or lock-up for adults. (Section 223(a)(13)) and
  • Report annually the results of such monitoring to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Administrator

    The Maine Juvenile Code Title 15 includes these same three core protections.

The Juvenile Justice Compliance Monitor also

  • Monitors and supports Maine's efforts “to address juvenile delinquency prevention efforts and system improvement efforts designed to reduce, without establishing or requiring numerical standards or quotas, the disproportionate number of juvenile members of minority groups, who come into contact with the juvenile justice system." (Section 223(a)(22))

Resource Kits are available to police departments and adult facilities upon request. The Resource Kit includes:

  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) booking room poster.
  • Condensed guide (small yet informative booklet for duty bags or desks): Law Enforcement's Responsibilities under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
  • Think About It First: Deterrent Miranda rights cards for youth.

The Compliance Monitor is available to provide technical assistance.

Juvenile Compliance Monitor
State House Station 111
Augusta ME 04330

Phone: 207-287-4506