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This law permits the Juvenile Court to assume jurisdiction over 16- and 17-year olds who are beyond their parents' control, run away from home, or fail to go to school. " It allows (1) various people to refer such youths to the court, (2) the court to order the youth to participate in various services, and (3) the court to impose sanctions to enforce those orders.It specifies that a youth who violates such an order is not delinquent and cannot be incarcerated in a state detention or correctional facility.We have summarized this law and the 2003 act in greater detail below.A 16 or 17 year old who is arrested for a crime is eligible to be represented by a public defender.As with the FWSN program, a youth can be referred to the court through a petition by a parent, foster parent, or representative of the child; a selectman, town manager, police officer, or local welfare department; a probation officer; a school superintendent; a youth service bureau; or a child-caring agency licensed or approved by the Department of Children and Families.The petition must state (1) the youth's name, gender, birth date, and residence; (2) the parents', guardians', or responsible adult's name and residence; (3) the reason for the referral; and (4) the action the petitioner wants the court to take.
The law gives the police several options for handling a runaway youth they locate.
They can (1) bring him home or to another person’s home; (2) refer him to Juvenile Court; (3) hold him in protective custody for up to 12 hours; or (4) bring or refer him, with or without his agreement, to an agency that serves children.
The agency must provide temporary services to the youth unless or until his parents object.
But a recently passed law helps parents to discipline and control their 16- and 17-year olds (PA 00-177).
This new law permits the Juvenile Court to assume jurisdiction over 16- and 17-year olds who are beyond their parents' control, run away from home, or fail to go to school. " It allows the court to order the youth to participate in various services, and the court to impose sanctions to enforce those orders.