The human rights of juvenile offenders are best protected in Arkansas, California, and North Dakota. The laws in these states embody human rights principles in terms of how youth enter the juvenile and criminal justice systems, treatment of children as adults, the conditions of confinement for juveniles, and policies on release and community reentry for juvenile offenders. In a national evaluation of state protection of juvenile rights, California’s policies overall scored the highest, at 9.5 on a scale of 10. North Dakota scored 8, and Arkansas scored 7.5. Six states had the lowest overall score of 2 . . .
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