With the growing prevalence of substance abuse among juveniles and the complexity of their treatment, which must involve both the child and his or her living environment, the traditional juvenile justice process may be unable to deal effectively with the whole problem that leads juveniles to commit drug offenses.
California's first juvenile drug court began in Tulare County in 1995. Today there are forty-eight juvenile drug courts in California.
1Excerpted from American University, Juvenile Drug Courts: Preliminary Report (May 1, 1997) p. 2
California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs: Drug Court Programs Fact Sheet