Blog http://jlc.org/blog/all/6683 en Wisconsin Judge Condemns Solitary Confinement http://jlc.org/blog/wisconsin-judge-condemns-solitary-confinement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_206.jpg?1498245128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2017-06-23 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="480" height="251" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/WI-Court-MarshaJessicaKaren6-23-2017.jpg?1498245128" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Juvenile Law Center legal team outside the Western District Court in Wisconsin. Left to right: Karen Lindell, Staff Attorney; Jessica Feierman, Associate Director; Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel.</em></p> <hr /> <p>Today in Wisconsin, Western District Judge Peterson found that the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and restraints at two juvenile facilities violate kids’ constitutional rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. The court stated that young people have a constitutional right to rehabilitation, and it was being thwarted by these practices.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Today in Wisconsin, Western District Judge Peterson found that the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and restraints at two juvenile facilities violate kids’ constitutional rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. We originally filed the lawsuit in January on behalf of boys and girls held in Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/wisconsin-judge-condemns-solitary-confinement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ending Solitary Confinement Juvenile and Criminal Justice Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:02:21 +0000 admin 8109 at http://jlc.org Stop Solitary Confinement of Kids in Wisconsin - Now! http://jlc.org/blog/stop-solitary-confinement-kids-wisconsin-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_205.jpg?1498144280" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2017-06-22 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="600" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/StopSolitary2-sm.jpg?1498144280" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As you read this, we are in court with ACLU of Wisconsin in Madison’s Western District Court. Back in January, we filed <a href="http://jlc.org/legal-docket/jj-v-litscher" target="_blank">a class action civil rights lawsuit</a> against state officials’ use of solitary confinement, shackling and pepper spray against youth in two facilities – Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/stop-solitary-confinement-kids-wisconsin-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ending Solitary Confinement Juvenile and Criminal Justice Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:59:00 +0000 admin 8088 at http://jlc.org For Philadelphia Youth: Online Guide to Juvenile Record Expungement http://jlc.org/blog/philadelphia-youth-online-guide-juvenile-record-expungement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_204.jpg?1497468686" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Whiquitta Tobar, Zubrow Fellow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2017-06-14 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/expungesite.JPG?1497468686" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/philadelphia-youth-online-guide-juvenile-record-expungement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Education Community and School Reentry Juvenile and Criminal Justice Juvenile Records Expungement Second Chances Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:42:01 +0000 admin 8083 at http://jlc.org Our Youth Advocates Are Awesome! http://jlc.org/blog/our-youth-advocates-are-awesome <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_203.jpg?1496252119" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2017-05-31 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="239" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/2017YAP-party.png?1496252119" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Above: 2016-2017 youth advocates in Youth Fostering Change and Juveniles for Justice, program alumni, and Juvenile Law Center Staff.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/our-youth-advocates-are-awesome" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Youth Fostering Change Juveniles for Justice Child Welfare and Foster Care Juvenile and Criminal Justice Youth Engagement Programs Wed, 31 May 2017 17:34:03 +0000 admin 8081 at http://jlc.org For many youth "a cell phone is life." http://jlc.org/blog/many-youth-cell-phone-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_202.jpg?1495734616" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Anthony Simpson, youth advocate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2017-05-23 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="600" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/anthony-simpson.jpg?1495734616" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Anthony Simpson, is an employee and advocate of Youth Fostering Change at Juvenile Law Center, current member at the Achieving Independence Center and a former homeless youth.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/many-youth-cell-phone-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 Mon, 22 May 2017 15:49:37 +0000 admin 8077 at http://jlc.org Celebrating Gault, But Still Fighting http://jlc.org/blog/celebrating-gault-still-fighting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Susan Mangold, Executive Director </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2017-05-15 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="1303" height="650" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/katy_0.jpg?1494945075" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today is the 50th Anniversary of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_re_Gault">In Re Gault</a>, 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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/celebrating-gault-still-fighting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Counsel Cost of Justice Ending Solitary Confinement Juvenile and Criminal Justice Mon, 15 May 2017 18:52:55 +0000 admin 8074 at http://jlc.org Sessions' Move on Consent Decrees a Step Backward http://jlc.org/blog/sessions-move-consent-decrees-step-backward <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_201.jpg?1491490046" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Susan Mangold, Executive Director </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2017-04-06 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/5566452462_c1f53f8d11_o.jpg?1491490046" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In one of the latest examples of efforts by the current administration to undo reforms, Attorney General Sessions has announced in a memo to Justice Department attorneys that they must review all “existing and contemplated consent decrees.” This directive calls into question the consent decrees negotiated by the Justice Department with cities and police forces throughout the country to address discriminatory practices and abuses by police.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In one of the latest examples of efforts by the current administration to undo reforms, Attorney General Sessions has announced in a memo to Justice Department attorneys that they must review all “existing and contemplated consent decrees.” This directive calls into question the consent decrees negotiated by the Justice Department with cities and police forces throughout the country to address discriminatory practices and abuses by police.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/sessions-move-consent-decrees-step-backward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cost of Justice Juvenile and Criminal Justice Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:31:50 +0000 admin 8026 at http://jlc.org Honoring the 2017 Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize Winners http://jlc.org/blog/honoring-2017-juvenile-law-center-leadership-prize-winners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_200.jpg?1490124477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2017-03-21 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/2017LeadershipWinners-sm.jpg?1490124477" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last night at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Juvenile Law Center was honored to present three extraordinary individuals with our 2017 Leadership Prizes. These are awarded to outstanding advocates working to advance the rights and well-being of youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Recipients of this prize are leading lights in the field whose inspirational careers have served as beacons for the next generation of advocates, and whose work has substantially improved the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last night at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Juvenile Law Center was honored to present three extraordinary individuals with our 2017 Leadership Prizes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/honoring-2017-juvenile-law-center-leadership-prize-winners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News and Announcements Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:27:57 +0000 admin 8016 at http://jlc.org Eight Recommendations for Homelessness Prevention for Youth Aging Out of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems http://jlc.org/blog/eight-recommendations-homelessness-prevention-youth-aging-out-child-welfare-and-juvenile-justic <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2017-03-13 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="2047" height="1366" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/philadelphia-city-hall.jpg?1490018661" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday, Juvenile Law Center’s Child Welfare Policy Director <a href="http://www.pec-cares.org/policy.html" target="_blank">Jennifer Pokempner testified</a> before Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless on Councilwoman’s Blackwell’s Resolution 170027 to investigate ways the city can prevent homelessness through new models. There are many causes of youth and young adult homelessness, and we must have targeted responses to each one.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yesterday, Juvenile Law Center’s Child Welfare Policy Director Jennifer Pokempner testified before Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless on Councilwoman’s Blackwell’s Resolution 170027 to investigate ways the city can prevent homeless through new models.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/eight-recommendations-homelessness-prevention-youth-aging-out-child-welfare-and-juvenile-justic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child Welfare and Foster Care Juvenile and Criminal Justice Normalcy for Foster Youth Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:07:42 +0000 admin 8012 at http://jlc.org Policy Victory on Economic Justice for Families of Incarcerated Youth http://jlc.org/blog/policy-victory-economic-justice-families-incarcerated-youth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_199.jpg?1488912023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2017-03-07 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/j4j-citycouncilhearing.jpg?1488912023" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Above: Eugene and Anahi, youth advocates with our Juveniles for Justice program, speaking before City Council on costs and fees</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Juvenile Law Center’s work on costs, fines and fees for youth in the juvenile justice system and their families featured in national news; Philadelphia changes citywide policy on “child support” fine collection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/policy-victory-economic-justice-families-incarcerated-youth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cost of Justice Juvenile and Criminal Justice Tue, 07 Mar 2017 18:39:29 +0000 admin 8004 at http://jlc.org