State Profiles

Statutes, court rules, and other policies related to juvenile justice vary significantly by state. Clicking on the map or state names below will display information about each jurisdiction, including some or all of the following:

Because rules, statutes, and procedures change regularly, often without notice, nothing in these pages should be considered as definitive or exhaustive research. This information is a starting point for understanding what juvenile indigent defense looks like on a state-by-state basis. While NJDC strives to keep this information up-to-date, attorneys and researchers should not use it as a substitute for independent research. 

Beyond individual state data, NJDC has also compiled select multi-state comparative analyses in a variety of areas that you might find useful.




StatesAlabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Territories: American SamoaDistrict of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto RicoUS Virgin Islands