Topic Archive: Post-Disposition

Federal Correctional Education Guidance:

What Juvenile Defenders Need to Know In December 2014, the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice released a Correctional Education Guidance Package, aimed at helping state and local agencies improve the quality of education for youth in secure confinement. While the guidance package is specifically designed for juvenile justice agencies overseeing secure care facilities,…

In the Interest of O.S.

This amicus brief filed by Juvenile Law Center, NJDC, and other organizations, requested the New Jersey Court of Appeals finds that the Juvenile Court retains jurisdiction “to hear evidence regarding the status of young people committed to the custody of the State’s Juvenile Justice Commission and, when necessary and appropriate, to modify its own dispositional…

Post-Disposition

In many jurisdictions, the attorney-client relationship in delinquency court terminates after disposition, despite juvenile defenders’ continuing role and obligations, leaving youth on their own to navigate continuing legal obligations while on probation or while incarcerated. This often lengthy period of the juvenile court process, known as post-disposition, may raise numerous complex legal issues that require…

People v. Gutierrez

NJDC joins Juvenile Law Center and several other organizations in an amicus brief filed in the California Supreme Court in support of the position that the presumptive penalty of life without parole for 16- and 17-year-old juveniles convicted of homicide with special circumstances violates the Eighth Amendment and runs counter to the United States Supreme Court’s…

Appeals

Appellate practice is a critical component of protecting the due process rights of youth and ensuring just outcomes in the delinquency court process. Juvenile appeals is a specialty unto itself, and attorneys must receive adequate training and education to maintain a high-level practice. Accordingly,  it is difficult—if not impossible—to maintain specialized practices in both trial…

State Assessments

A cornerstone of the National Juvenile Defender Center’s work is to understand how juvenile defense is delivered around the country and to support excellence in the provision of those services. As part of that work, NJDC conducts state-specific assessments of youth access to, and the quality of, juvenile defense counsel when they come in contact…