In re S.F.

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S.F., a 12-year-old Black boy, was given as a condition of his juvenile probation a requirement that he not be suspended from school.

Juvenile Law Center joined the National Center for Youth Law, Public Justice Center and eleven other advocacy organizations in filing an amicus brief in support of S.F. in the Court of Appeals of Maryland. The brief argued that no-suspension probation conditions do not serve the restorative and rehabilitative purpose of juvenile probation because students, particularly Black students, may be unfairly suspended for subjective misbehavior. The brief emphasized that Black students are more likely to be disciplined harshly for ambiguously defined misbehaviors, and thus have less control over their ability to comply with a no-suspension condition than other youth.