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January 20, 2016

"Making a Murderer": Justice Weeps

posted by Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick for the Huffington Post Blog

The injustices exposed in Making a Murderer are not limited to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, but mirror systemic failures in jurisdictions across the country. And, as one of the lawyers who litigated the Pennsylvania "Kids for Cash" scandal, the scent of official corruption was all too familiar.

Tags:Access to Counsel|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Luzerne Kids for Cash Scandal
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January 07, 2016

Reflecting on Kent, Miranda, and J.D.B in 2016

posted by Executive Director Sue Mangold

Fifty years ago, the United States Supreme Court decided Kent v. United States and Miranda v. Arizona. Just five years ago, the Supreme Court decided J.D.B. v. North Carolina, establishing for the first time that law enforcement must account for juvenile status when carrying out the requirements of Miranda. In the coming year, we will be highlighting the lasting significance and challenges posed by each of these cases in the juvenile justice context.

Tags:Access to Counsel|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System
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October 26, 2015

Letting a Ten-Year-Old Waive His Miranda Rights? There Oughtta Be a Law

posted by Marsha Levick & Steve Drizin

Can a ten-year-old understand Miranda rights? Is a ten-year-old able to decide to give them up and speak to the police?

Tags:Access to Counsel|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|State and Federal Legislation
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September 03, 2014

Reflections on Justice After Ferguson, MO: When Will Youth of Color Receive the Same Due Process as Officer Darren Wilson?

posted by Marsha Levick, Deputy Director & Chief Counsel

It's been several weeks since Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson. The investigation and grand jury proceedings continue as community members in Ferguson, MO and supporters around the country call for justice in Michael Brown's name. But what exactly will justice and due process look like in the wake of his death?

Tags:Access to Counsel|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|School to Prison Pipeline
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February 20, 2014

Lessons from "Kids for Cash," Part 2: All Children Must Have Access to Legal Representation in Court

posted by Juvenile Law Center

From 2003 to 2008, in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, more than half of the thousands of children who appeared before ex-juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella were asked two questions before they even entered the courtroom: "Do you have a lawyer?" and, if the answer was no, "Can you sign this form?" The form stated that the child understood she was waiving the right to an attorney and would be representing herself in the courtroom.

Tags:Access to Counsel|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Luzerne Kids for Cash Scandal
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