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August 03, 2017

Unlocking Youth: New Report on Ending Youth Solitary

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Yesterday, Juvenile Law Center released a new report on solitary confinement in juvenile facilities and legal strategies to end the practice nationwide. Juvenile Law Center surveyed public defenders and interviewed youth, their families, and correctional facility administrators to shed light the reality of youth solitary confinement.

More and more people agree that solitary confinement hurts kids and goes against the rehabilitative goals of the juvenile justice system. However, Juvenile Law Center’s research revealed that solitary is still too common. Almost half of youth prisons report isolating kids to control their behavior. More than two-thirds of public defenders responding to the survey reported having clients who spent time in solitary. The conditions kids face in solitary are truly appalling: no mattresses or sheets to sleep on, no showers, no eating utensils, and no mental health treatment.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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July 26, 2017

Tips and Legal Strategies to Support Youth with Disabilities

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Youth with disabilities are significantly overrepresented in the child welfare system, and planning for their transition out of care and into a successful adulthood presents unique challenges. Juvenile Law Center produced a four-part webinar series that provides tips and legal strategies to help support child welfare-involved youth as they prepare for that transition.

Tags:Access to Education|Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Fostering Connections|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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July 18, 2017

A Powerful Tool for Change in the Child Welfare and Justice Systems: The Americans with Disabilities Act

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. This landmark civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and requires that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live, work, and access services in the community to the same degree as their non-disabled peers. The ADA requires reasonable accommodations be made so that differently-abled people may lead full, rich lives. These protections apply to everyone with a disability – including young people in the child welfare and juvenile justice system.

Tags:Access to Education|Access to Healthcare|Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance)|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Mental Health Treatment|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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July 17, 2017

Making Sure Youth Are Seen - And Heard - In Court

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Yesterday, Youth Fostering Change traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to present their finalized court participation tools and recommendations to Sandra Moore, Director of the Office of Children and Families in the Courts, and Stephenie Strayer, Judicial Program Analyst. Ms. Moore and Ms. Strayer were excited to hear about the project and supported the youth advocates’ recommendations.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Youth Engagement Programs
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June 28, 2017

Commonwealth v. Batts: We Won!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Commonwealth v. Batts that, before a child can be sentenced to life without parole, the state must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the youth is permanently incorrigible. Juvenile Law Center filed amicus briefs in Batts and argued the case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012 and 2016.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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