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Concurrent Juvenile Jurisdiction


Key Message

Exclusive federal jurisdiction on military installations can send juveniles through an adult judicial system. Access to state juvenile and family courts may allow for more suitable outcomes. State lawmakers can remove these barriers and pursue solutions that support military families.


The broader mission to support children, youth and families remains a high-priority item for the Defense Department. Clarifying that state and local authorities may assert jurisdiction over juveniles on military installations — in areas of exclusive federal legislative jurisdiction — enables state law authorities to enforce laws on base with respect to civilian family members.


Between one-half and three-fourths of active/reserve installations may require legislation to change statutory jurisdiction, retrocede exclusive jurisdiction or provide authority to support memorandums of understanding for concurrent oversight of juvenile offenses.

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