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March 18, 2013

From Gideon to Gault ... to What? How Much Has Really Changed?

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Fifty years ago today, a homeless 51-year-old with an eighth-grade education, a pencil, and a pad of paper sparked one of the most significant advances in the rights of indigent criminal defendants in United States legal history. In Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court declared unanimously that criminal defendants facing significant jail time had a right to court-appointed counsel if they could not afford to retain counsel on their own. But how much has really changed?

Tags:Access to Counsel|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Luzerne Kids for Cash Scandal
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March 07, 2013

Letter to Human Rights Commission Presents Reasons Why Children Should Not Be Imprisoned in Adult Facilities

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center submitted a letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the human rights implications of imprisoning children in adult facilities in the United States. The IACHR, a regional body that ensures compliance with regional standards and international corpus juris (or "body of law"), will hold a hearing on this issue on March 11.

Our letter argues that children should not be incarcerated in adult facilities for the following reasons.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System
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March 05, 2013

National Stakeholders Identify Deficiencies in Education for Youth in the Justice System

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and in collaboration with Open Society Foundations, Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance, Racial Justice Initiative, and Robert F. Kennedy Juvenile Justice Collaborative, is convening regional meetings in cities including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta to discuss the quality of education for youth in facilities. Leaders in education and juvenile justice from each region will strive to identify promising and effective strategies for improving the quality of education for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Tags:Access to Education|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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February 04, 2013

National Trauma Convening Explores Implications of Trauma on Legal Advocacy for Youth in Child Welfare and Justice Systems

posted by Juvenile Law Center

On January 28-29, Juvenile Law Center hosted "Trauma and Resilience: A New Look at Legal Advocacy for Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems." More than 35 national experts from the legal, mental health, and public health fields gathered to discuss the effects of trauma—particularly stemming from violence, both on a personal level and within economically disadvantaged communities—on youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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January 09, 2013

We're Excited To Launch Our New Mobile Website!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center's new mobile site—at www.jlc.org on your mobile browser—provides faster access to our most-visited sections.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|News and Announcements
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