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June 22, 2017

Stop Solitary Confinement of Kids in Wisconsin - Now!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

As you read this, we are in court with ACLU of Wisconsin in Madison’s Western District Court. Back in January, we filed a class action civil rights lawsuit against state officials’ use of solitary confinement, shackling and pepper spray against youth in two facilities – Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake.

We soon discovered the harm in this case was so severe that the boys and girls incarcerated at these two facilities needed immediate relief as the case progressed.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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June 14, 2017

For Philadelphia Youth: Online Guide for Juvenile Record Expungement

posted by Whiquitta Tobar, Zubrow Fellow

A middle school fight can last forever. Years after the school calls the police and the adolescent goes to court, the record of the incident can continue to affect a young person’s ability to find gainful employment, qualify for college loans, secure housing, or generally move on from the worst moment in her young life. For so many youth, this is their story.

Tags:Access to Education|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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May 31, 2017

Our Youth Advocates Are Awesome!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center runs two annual youth advocacy programs – Youth Fostering Change (YFC) and Juveniles for Justice (J4J) – and celebrates the youth advocates’ accomplishments at the close of each program in May. Last Tuesday, we celebrated our awesome 2016-2017 youth advocates and were thrilled to host our community partners and alumni of both programs at the celebration at Juvenile Law Center’s office.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Juveniles for Justice|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Youth Engagement Programs
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May 23, 2017

For many youth "a cell phone is life."

posted by Anthony Simpson, youth advocate

The stigma attached to being homeless has a massive impact on the prevention and direct treatment of homelessness, regardless the severity of one’s situation. No child should bear the responsibility of acquiring housing alone. These days, though, technology is so accessible and essential to the social sphere of young people. We are never truly alone, are we? During my bouts with homelessness the most common possession I had (as did other teens I’d met in shelters or when we were just looking for a permanent home) was the same object many teenagers have in their pockets - a smartphone. A cell phone is life. It’s a way to keep in touch with friends we’ve had to separate from, how we keep track of time for when the days seemed to blend together between cat naps, and for some, memorabilia of a time before finding ourselves without shelter.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Fostering Connections|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Teens and Technology|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
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May 15, 2017

Celebrating Gault, But Still Fighting

posted by Susan Mangold, Executive Director

Today is the 50th Anniversary of In Re Gault, the U.S. Supreme Court case that granted children the right to counsel and other key due process protections when facing delinquency charges in juvenile court. Fifty years later, full implementation of the decision remains uneven, but its promise still guides our advocacy as we continue to work to ensure that kids are treated fairly by our justice system.

Tags:Access to Counsel|Cost of Justice|Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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