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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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July 08, 2016

Kids in the "Box”: Solitary Confinement Is Just Government-Sanctioned Child Abuse

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Every day, children across the U.S. are held in solitary confinement in juvenile and adult correctional facilities. They are confined to a small cell for 22 to 24 hours a day and are often held in total isolation for weeks or even months at a time. Children in solitary are regularly denied education, counseling, and other services they need for healthy growth and development. You can learn more about solitary confinement of our youth and experience the size and feel of a solitary cell as part of an installation at the Free Library of Philadelphia beginning July 21st.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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January 28, 2016

President's Ban on Solitary Confinement is a Model for States

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We applaud President Obama’s leadership in eliminating solitary confinement and promoting developmentally appropriate, evidence-based policies and practices as the standard in all federal and state juvenile justice facilities.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Mental Health Treatment|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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August 08, 2015

State Advisory Committee Releases Report and Recommendations for Juvenile Act

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The Juvenile Act Advisory Committee released a report and recommendations for amending Pennsylvania's Juvenile Act and the state's sentencing response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Miller v. Alabama. Juvenile Law Center Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick, served on the committee alongside other juvenile justice stakeholders.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|News and Announcements|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System|State and Federal Legislation
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August 07, 2015

Bipartisan support for mercy: Banning solitary confinement of youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill to prohibit the use of solitary confinement of youth in federal juvenile facilities. 

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|State and Federal Legislation
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