2001 Significant State Legislation

Legislation from 2001 Session

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Effective Date: October 1, 2001 This act makes assuring that programs for juvenile offenders are gender specific one of the goals of the state’s juvenile justice system. It requires the Judicial Branch’s Office of Alternative Sanctions to ensure that all of its crime prevention and reduction programs for juvenile offenders are gender specific, if necessary. And it requires the Department of Children and Families (DCF) commissioner to assure that the department’s programs for juvenile offenders under its supervision are gender specific. Under the act, a program is gender specific if it comprehensively addresses the unique needs of a targeted gender.

Finally, the act specifies that mental health services are included in the community-based programs the DCF commissioner is responsible for promoting in order to prevent juvenile crime and minimize children’s involvement with the juvenile justice system.

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