News & Announcements
New York Times Opinion: Don’t Treat Young Adults as Teenagers 4/29/16
A new study published this year raises questions about the wisdom of expanding the jurisdiction of the juvenile system to include young adults up to the age of 21. The research, taken alongside a number of policy concerns, suggests that young adults should be treated as a special category of offenders in the adult justice system.
Read the opinion piece in full here.
The Case of Jane Doe 7/23/14
“Jane Doe,” who is transgender, continues to be held at a Connecticut Boys Detention Center on allegations she fought with other girls at a psychiatric center. Jane’s Child Advocate recently criticized DCF’s handling of the girl who has seen countless abuse and mistreatment throughout her young life.
Read More about Jane Doe’s story.
Massachusetts Senators Vote on Parole for Juvenile Lifers 7/8/14
By a 37-2 vote, Mass. Senators approved a bill that would allow juveniles convicted of first-degree murder to become eligible for parole after serving 20-30 years in prison. The bill is in response to Miller v. Alabama (2012).
Read More about Massachusett Parolee’s up for Review.
Do’s and Don’ts 5/14/14
The Juvenile Justice System can be scary and confusing, even if you haven’t done anything wrong. You might feel powerless and scared around police, lawyers, and judges. That’s why it’s important to know that you have legal rights that no one can take away.
Read More about your rights when faced with trouble.
New Hampshire Public Defender
44 Franklin St.
Nashua, NH 03064
Youth Advocacy Division
Committee for Public Council Services
44 Bromfield Street
Boston, MA 02108