• Current through October 23, 2012

The Council finds that:

(1) Juveniles who are not under proper supervision and control or who are arrested for certain nonviolent offenses are likely to endanger their own health, morals, and welfare and the health, morals, and welfare of others.

(2) It shall be the policy of the District of Columbia that with respect to these juveniles the District of Columbia shall be guided by the assumption that juveniles who previously have had little or no contact with the juvenile justice system and who do not represent a danger to the public safety may benefit from an alternative to adjudication that is noncriminal, reformative and protective in nature.

(3) Accordingly, the District of Columbia recognizes the appropriateness of alternatives to adjudication, which may include diversion programs and services, for certain juveniles who are in need of supervision or who are arrested for certain nonviolent offenses. The remedies and procedures provided herein shall not be in derogation of parental rights and responsibilities under existing laws.

(Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-199, § 2(b), 43 DCR 4385; Mar. 24, 1998, D.C. Law 12-81, § 10(y), 45 DCR 745.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-2305.1.

Legislative History of Laws

Law 11-199, the "Adjustment Process for Nonviolent Juvenile Offenders and Parent Participation in Court-Ordered Proceedings Act of 1996," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 11-622, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on July 3, 1996, and July 17, 1996, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on July 26, 1996, it was assigned Act No. 11-361 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 11-199 became effective on April 9, 1997.

For legislative history of D.C. Law 12-81, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 16-2301.

Miscellaneous Notes

Section 28(c)(1) of D.C. Law 15-354 provides that the section designation of § 16-2305.1 of the District of Columbia Official Code is redesignated as § 16-2305.01.