National Resolution

The National Resolution on Trying and Sentencing Youth as Adults is a declaration championed by the Campaign and its many supporters to end the involvement of youth in the adult criminal justice system. This resolution establishes the many concerns that go along with trying and sentencing youth as adults. Please consider signing on to show your support of this issue.

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National Resolution

Policy and Position Papers

Numerous national organizations have taken a stance against the prosecuting of youth in adult criminal court and against placing youth in adult jails and prisons:

Policies and Guidelines Volume 1
(large file: 13mb, may take time to download)
Policies and Guidelines Volume 2 (large file: 33mb, may take time to download)


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Recommendations for Juvenile Justice Reform, Second Edition (2005)
Life Without Parole for Juvenile Offenders (2009)


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Health Care for Children and Adolescents in the Juvenile Correctional Care System ( 2001)


The American Bar Association (ABA)
Resolution on Youth in the Criminal Justice System (101D) (2002)
Sentencing of Youth (105C) (2008)
Collateral Consequence for Juveniles – 102A (2010)


The American Correctional Association (ACA)
Public Correctional Policy on Juvenile Justice (2007)
Public Correctional Policy on Youthful Offenders Transferred to Adult Criminal Jurisdiction (2009)


American Humane (AH)
Prosecution of Children and Youth as Adults (2009)


The American Jail Association (AJA)
Juveniles in Jails (1993)

American Medical Association
Health Status of Detained and Incarcerated Youth (1990)

American Probation and Parole Association
Juvenile Justice Position Statement (1996)


American Public Health Association (APHA)
Encourage Healthy Behavior by Adolescents (2000)


The American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Adjudication of Youths as Adults in the Criminal Justice System (2006)
Review of Sentences for Juveniles (2012)


The Association of Black Psychologists
Justice for All, Just Not Us: African American Youth and the Criminal Justice System


The Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA)
Resolution #2 – Evaluating the Effects of Incarceration in Adult Facilities on Youth Offenders (2006)


The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ)
Children Detained in Adult Jails (n/d)
Consideration of Age and Development as factors in sentencing juveniles (n/d)
Eliminate Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentence (n/d)
Limit Youth Transfers to Adult Criminal Court (n/d)

The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA)
Position Paper on: Waiver and Transfer of Youths to Adult Systems (2009)


International Community Corrections Association (ICCA)
ICCA Public Policy on Juvenile Justice (2006)


Mental Health America
Life Without Parole for Juvenile Offenders (Position Statement 58) (2009)


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
NAACP Resolution: Opposition to Transfer of Youth to the Adult Criminal Justice System (2008)


The National Association of Counties (NACo)
NACO – American County Platform & Resolutions (2013)


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Resolution of the Board of Directors Opposing the Transfer of Children to Adult Court (2002)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2005)


The National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC)
Position Statements: Health Services to Adolescents in Adult Correctional Facilities (1998)
Position Statements: Prevention of Juvenile Suicide in Correctional Settings (2007)


National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
Resolution in Support of the Best Practices and Principles of the Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines: Improving Court Practices in Juvenile Delinquency Cases (2005)


The National Juvenile Detention Association (NJDA)
Resolution: Opposing the use of Adult Jails for the Detention of Juveniles (1981)
Position Statement: Collocation of Juvenile and Adult Facilities (1997)
Position Statement: Holding Juveniles Under Criminal Court Jurisdiction in Juvenile Detention (1997)


The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
Position Statement – Child Safety and Protection (n/d)


Society for Adolescent Medicine
Health Care for Incarcerated Youth (2000)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective and Criminal Justice (2000)


U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)
Calling for Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (2008)



American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Youth in Juvenile Detention and Correctional Facilities (2005)


American Bar Association (ABA)
Youth in the Criminal Justice System: Guidelines for Policymakers and Practitioners (2001)
Juvenile Justice Standards: Standards Relating to Transfer Between Courts (1979)


National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Juvenile Delinquency Cases (2005)

National District Attorneys Association (NDAA)
National Prosecution Standards, second edition* (1991)

*A third edition exists, but is not publicly available


National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)
Ten Core Principles for Providing Quality Delinquency Representation (2008)


National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC)
National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Report (2009)