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- Gov. Carney Orders New Look at Delaware’s Juvenile Justice System, (7/13/17)
- Study: Del Representation Falls Short of Constitutional Guarantees for Children in Court, The News Journal (7/12/17)
- Lahey: Due Process for Juveniles, Vermont Public Radio (6/14/17)
- Gault at 50: Conference to Offer Tips for ‘Front-Line’ Juvenile Lawyers, Youth Today (5/24/17)
- The Children Being Denied Due Process, The Atlantic (5/22/17)
- Most States Still Deny Juveniles Access to Counsel: Report, The Crime Report (5/18/17)
- After Gault, Ideas About How to Protect Children’s Right to Counsel, The Chronicle of Social Change (5/17/17)
- New Study Shows Right to Counsel is Elusive, NPR (5/15/17)
- A Look Back at the Juvenile Justice System Before There Was Gault, Youth Today (5/15/17)
- Oregon Senate Votes to Ban Shackled Juveniles in Court, KTVZ (4/4/17)
- Lawsuit Says Missouri Public Defender System Faces ‘Urgent Constitutional Crisis’, KCUR (3/14/17)
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The Juvenile Committee of the National Association for Public Defense and NJDC developed a Juvenile Defense Self-Assessment Tool that is intended to create an opportunity to reflect on practices in public defender offices pertaining to the defense of juveniles in delinquency proceedings.
In re Gault
50 years ago, the United States Supreme Court affirmed that youth in America’s juvenile courts are entitled to many of the same rights as adults, including the right to counsel, the right to notice of the charges against them, the right against self-incrimination, and the right to confront their accusers. This printed version of the case highlights some of the decision’s most important points.
Trial Manual for Defense Attorneys in Juvenile Delinquency Cases
An updated version of Randy Hertz, Martin Guggenheim, and Anthony G. Amsterdam’s Trial Manual is now available.
NEW: Delaware State Assessment
The National Juvenile Defender Center released a new report on access to counsel and quality of representation for youth in Delaware — our 22nd state assessment in two decades.
While promising practices have been implemented statewide, there remains a troubling absence of advocacy for young people both in and outside of the courtroom. Read the press release and check out the full report, including our recommendations for ensuring the fulfillment of due process rights for Delaware’s children.
Access Denied: A National Snapshot of States’ Failure to Protect Children’s Right to Counsel
Released on the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision In re Gault, NJDC’s new report reveals that nearly every state falls short of its constitutional obligation to provide effective lawyers for youth. Based on statutory analysis and interviews with juvenile defenders in every state, the Snapshot exposes gaps in procedural protections for children — gaps that perpetuate the over-criminalization of youth, racial and economic disparities, and the fracturing of families and communities. Learn more here.
Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services
In November of 2016, NJDC released a report that proposes solutions to the ongoing crisis in juvenile defense, illustrates its disparate impact on historically oppressed communities, and highlights innovative and replicable programs across the country that are improving children’s access to justice. Learn more.
National Juvenile Defender Center
NJDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. Through community building, training, and policy reform, we provide national leadership on juvenile defense issues with a focus on curbing the deprivation of young people’s rights in the court system. Our reach extends to urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas, where we elevate the voices of youth, families, and defenders to create positive case outcomes and meaningful opportunities for children. We also work with broad coalitions to ensure that the reform of juvenile courts includes the protection of children’s rights–particularly the right to counsel.
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Gault at 50 Campaign
In 1967, the Supreme Court affirmed in In re Gault that children have a constitutional right to an attorney in juvenile court. But, nearly 50 years later, the promise of Gault remains unfulfilled. Through a dual approach of public awareness and policy reform, NJDC’s Gault at 50 Campaign seeks to ensure that every child has access to skilled, high-quality legal representation. Sign the Statement of Principles and learn more on the campaign website.
A New Kind of Training
Developing a specialization in juvenile defense through new and innovative training programs that can be tailored for any jurisdiction.
Read All About It
Check out NJDC’s array of free publications – infographics, issue briefs, and bench cards, among others – to share best-practices in juvenile defense and promote leadership and change at the local level.