NJDC Factsheets & Infographics

Below are NJDC’s most recent factsheets and infographics on various topics relevant to juvenile defense practice and policy:

The Cost of Juvenile Probation: A Critical Look into Juvenile Supervision Fees (2017)
This infographic outlines the prevalence and harms of juvenile supervision fees.

SMART on Juvenile Indigent Defense (2016)
This infographic outlines how effective juvenile defense systems can save money, increase public safety, and lead to youth success.

The Harms of Juvenile Detention (2016)
This infographic depicts some of the more common and eye-opening harms that result when youth are detained prior to trial.

Putting the Pro Back in Probation (2016)
This infographic demonstrates how probation, though intended to assist youth on a path to success, can lead to severe consequences, including incarceration, as a result of technical probation violations.

Increasing Juvenile Appeals (2016)
Less than 0.04% of juvenile trials are appealed nationwide, leaving juvenile court proceedings unchecked by states higher courts. This infographic examines the numbers and reasons for improving juvenile appeals.

10 Tips for Building Defender-Youth-Family Partnerships (2016)
Things every defender can do to help engage families and embrace a unified defense for a juvenile client.

The Fragmented State of Juvenile Defense (2016)
Juvenile defense systems are organized at the state and local level. This creates a patchwork of different ways that juvenile defense is financed and managed across the country.

The Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel at Disposition (2016)
This factsheet outlines the Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel in preparation for and during the disposition (sentencing) hearing.

The Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel Post-Disposition (2016)
This document outlines the role and obligations of juvenile defense counsel toward their clients after being been placed on probation or committed to a state agency.

FAQs on the Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel (2016)
These FAQ’s are intended to clarify the role and obligations of the juvenile defender in juvenile court for any stakeholder.

Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings (2016)
In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, NJDC released this information card to promote judicial leadership in fulfilling children’s constitutional right to representation in juvenile court.

Juvenile Defender Self-Assessment Tool for Best Practices in Detention Advocacy (2014)
This self-assessment tool provides defenders with a checklist of best practices in detention advocacy throughout all stages of the delinquency process, which allows defenders to evaluate their own practices and self-identify the steps needed to heighten the level of their detention advocacy.

Juvenile Defense Manager-Supervisor Tool for Best Practices in Detention Advocacy (2014)
This tool provides targeted guidance for managers and supervisors within juvenile defender organizations on how to identify, develop, and promote strategies or interventions that will improve the level of their defenders’ detention advocacy.

Prison Rape Elimination Act: FAQ’s for Juvenile Defenders (2013)
This set of Frequently Asked Questions provides juvenile defenders with generalized information on the provisions and applicability of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), as well as guidance on how to utilize specific sections of the PREA National Standards to better protect their clients in custody.

Ten Reasons to Ask Clients About Citizenship (2013)
This reference sheet provides ten important reasons why juvenile defenders should consider immigration consequences and inquire about citizenship when talking with or counseling their young clients.

The Affordable Care Act and its Effect on Juvenile Defense (2013)
This fact sheet provides defenders with an overview of the Affordable Care Act, and guidance on how to help their young clients—in and out of custody—obtain health coverage in accordance with the Act.

Ten Guidelines for Representing Children Involved in Human Trafficking (2013)
These guidelines provide ten concrete practice tips for juvenile defenders to utilize when and if they are representing a young client whom they believe to be at risk, or a target, of commercial sexual exploitation.

International Human Rights: Law & Resources for Juvenile Defenders & Advocates (2012)
This briefing paper introduces international treaties and documents that address the rights of court-involved children, considerations that affect their enforceability in US courts, and key standards in order to encourage American juvenile defenders and other child advocates to begin to integrate these new, human rights resources into their individualized and systemic legal efforts.

Encouraging Judges to Support Zealous Defense Advocacy from Detention to Post-Disposition (2012)
This fact sheet summarizes the recommendations and key quotations from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines regarding the role of the juvenile defender in order to assist defenders in navigating and citing this extensive resource.

LGBT Youth in Juvenile Court: Practice Tips for Juvenile Defenders (2011)
These practice tips provide concrete steps that juvenile defenders can take, through the course of their representation, in order to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of their young clients who identify or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.