August 2018 Newsletter
On June 7, 2018, the National Juvenile Defender Center released an assessment of access to and quality of juvenile defense counsel in the District of Columbia.
The DC Assessment provides a review of the strengths of the system as well as how the District’s juvenile defense system can improve and provides recommendations for reforms related to: improving youth access to counsel post-disposition; providing additional support to private attorneys; stopping the indiscriminate shackling of children in court; and refining the collection and reportability of data.
This marks NJDC’s 23rd assessment providing a comprehensive examination of the systemic and institutional barriers that prevent young people from receiving high-quality legal representation as part of a nationwide effort to improve juvenile defense.
Please contact NJDC if you would like to receive a hard copy of the report; click here to download.
Starting with the 2019-2020 application cycle, the Common Application (a single form students can fill out to apply to any college that uses it) will no longer include a question asking students about their criminal history.
The non-profit organization behind the Common Application announced they will eliminate this question that has been asked since 2006 due to member feedback.
Access to college is critical to overcoming the collateral consequences young people face after juvenile court or criminal court involvement — click here to learn more about these collateral consequences.
Visit Clean Slate Clearinghouse‘s website to help youth, families, and communities learn more about moving forward with a criminal record.
Please contact NJDC if you would like hard copies for state-specific Collateral Consequences Guides; click here to download.
In July, The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) released Addressing Bias in Delinquency and Child Welfare Systems, a bench card emphasizing that “eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile and family courts is critical to creating a fair and equitable system of justice for all youth.”
The Addressing Bias bench card:
Addressing Bias is the fifth in a series of bench cards jointly released by NCJFCJ and NJDC.
Please contact NJDC if you are interested in sharing this resource in your court; click here to download.
Training an army of juvenile defenders is JTIP’s mission, and Summer Academy is a highly acclaimed, selective-application program designed exclusively for juvenile defenders to train, strengthen, energize, and inspire juvenile defense attorneys.
Click here to learn more about our Juvenile Training Immersion Program.
To learn more about Jarrett and the other distinguished members of NJDC’s Board of Directors click here.
The Regional Juvenile Defender Centers connect frontline juvenile defenders to each other and to a national community of advocates fighting for youth rights. Each center builds innovations in the field, while simultaneously partnering to deliver resources, research, training, and expertise to local defender offices.
Click here to connect with your Regional Juvenile Defender Center.
The two-day regional summit began with a keynote address by South Carolina State Senator, Gerald Malloy and continued with sessions including:
Click here to learn more about the Southern Juvenile Defender Center and this program.
Michigan advocates report increasing support from local government leaders to raise the age of juvenile court to the age of 18, based on a recognition that juvenile courts have lower repeat offending rates than adult criminal prosecutions.
Click here to learn more about the Midwest Juvenile Defender Center and the program.
New Vermont laws will allow 18- and 19-year-olds to be treated in the juvenile justice system.
When the law goes into effect, these young people will have access to youth rehabilitation programs and if incarcerated, be confined in youth facilities instead of mingled with adults in prison. Click here to learn more.
Several other states such as Connecticut, Illinois, and Massachusetts have proposed legislation to raise the age of youth justice in their states to 21.
On August 15, 2018, juvenile advocates had a refresher course on the basics of legal representation of children at the 17th annual Zealous Advocacy Conference hosted by the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center (SWJDC) at the University of Houston Law Center.
The topics covered included:
Participants also split into groups to discuss and share additional child advocacy techniques.
Click here to learn more about the event.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Victoria Garden Cultural Center
Rancho Cucamonga, California
The event will offer case law and legislative updates, as well as workshops in critical areas of juvenile law and policy. This year will focus on multiple, recent changes to juvenile law and policy that are reversing the destructive tough on crime trajectory.
Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC) and Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) co-host Legal and Practical Considerations for Juvenile Defenders
Join CJDC and OADC for a deep dive into direct file and transfer representation in Colorado. Sessions will include: Statutes and Guidelines; Developing Mitigation; Experts; Confinement Pending Hearing; Suppression Issues to Litigate Before the Transfer Hearing; and Strategic and Ethical Considerations.