Oregon's Juvenile Delinquency Process
Minority over-representation has been documented at every stage of Oregon's juvenile justice system. The following nine stages provide an overview of Oregon's juvenile delinquency process and may help to provide context for these findings.
Police decide to arrest or release youth
Juvenile department decides to place and keep youth in detention or release youth
Juvenile department or district attorney decides to file or not file a petition
Judicial officer decides at the preliminary hearing to keep the youth in detention or release the youth
Juvenile department or district attorney decides to continue prosecution or agrees to dismiss the petition
The youth requests an alternative to formal adjudication:
Judicial officer at the contested adjudicatory hearing decides whether or not the youth committed the alleged act
Judicial Officer imposes disposition if the youth is found within the jurisdiction of the court
Alternatives to probation
such as dismissal of the petition
Juvenile department supervises the youth if the youth is placed on formal probation
Visit the OJJDP website for a caseflow diagram of the juvenile justice system and the National Center for State Court website for answers to frequently asked questions about the juvenile justice system.