RCP Publications

This whitepaper outlines the importance of skilled juvenile defenders.

The Importance of Early Appointment of Counsel in Juvenile Court

This article explains the critical importance of having an attorney appointed as early in the process as possible.













Issue Briefs

NJDC has developed a series of issue briefs that catalogue the implementation of innovations to uplift juvenile defense practice nationwide.  These briefs provides a quick synopsis of the substance of the issue, a national snapshot of approaches to the issue in different jurisdictions, a catalogue of working innovations, and a series of recommendations for reform. We hope these briefs will be used to educate stakeholders about juvenile defense issues, and to engage defenders and policy makers in reform work.

Appeals: A Critical Check on the Juvenile Delinquency System

Juvenile Defense Standards: A Framework for the Specialized Representation of Youth

Specialized Training Advancing the Ethical and Professional Representation of Youth

Ending the Indiscriminate Shackling of Youth

Juvenile Defense Law School Clinics Building Leaders, Client Capacity, and Innovation

Using Developmentally Appropriate Language to Communicate with Court-Involved Youth

Raising the Bar with Comprehensive Juvenile Indigent Defense Contracts

Protecting Rights, Promoting Positive Outcomes Post-Disposition Access to Counsel

Stay tuned for additional briefs on: