Core Requirements

There are four core requirements of the JJDPA.

  1. Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders:
    Pursuant to Section 223 (a) (11) of the JJDPA, the state must ensure that juveniles who are charged with or who have committed an offense that would not be criminal is committed by an adult (status offenders) and juveniles who are not charged with an offense (non-offenders) are not placed in secure detention or secure correctional facilities, apart from those permitted by statutory and regulatory exceptions as allowed by the JDDPA and Consolidated Regulation 28 CFR Part 31. Further information can be found in OJJDP's Guidance Manual for Monitoring Facilities Under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002
     
  2. Sight and Sound Separation:
    Pursuant to Section 223 (a) (12) of the JJDPA, the state must ensure juveniles alleged to be or found to be delinquent, status offenders and non-offenders shall not be detained or confined in any institution in which they have contact with adult inmates. 
     
  3. Jail Removal:
    Pursuant to Section 223 (a) (13) of the JJDPA, the state must ensure no juvenile is detained or confined in any adult jail or lockup, apart from those permitted by statutory and regulatory exceptions as allowed by the JJDPA and Consolidated Regulation 28 CFR Part 31. Further information can be found in OJJDP's Guidance Manual for Monitoring Facilities Under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002. 
     
  4. Disproportionate Minority Contact:
    Pursuant to section 223 (a) (22) of the JJDPA, states must address specific delinquency prevention and system improvement efforts designed to reduce, without establishing or requiring numerical standards or quotas, the disproportionate number of juveniles from minority groups who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

See more information about how Kentucky addresses this requirement under the Subcommittee SEJAY tab.