Topic Archive: Racial & Ethnic Disparity (RED)

DOJ Issues Findings Report on Juvenile Due Process in St. Louis County

On July 31, 2015, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division issued historic Findings in the Investigation of the St. Louis Family Court stating that there is reason to believe that the St. Louis Family Court engages in conduct that violates the constitutional guarantees of Due Process and Equal Protection under the law. Citing the National Juvenile Defender…

Special Initiative: Racial and Ethnic Disparities

As a part of the Special Initiative, NJDC is exploring the interplay between juvenile indigent defense and racial and ethnic disparities. Contrary to the over-representation of youth of color in the juvenile delinquency system, attorneys of color are underrepresented in the juvenile indigent defense field. This under-representation is not necessarily due to a lack of…

DOJ & Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County

The Report In 2012, the Department of Justice issued a report finding that the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County (TN) failed to provide constitutionally required due process to children of all races and that the court’s administration of justice discriminates against black children. Further, it found that the court had violated the substantive…

Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED)

RED is a term used to signify the overwhelmingly disproportionate number of minority youth and youth of color that come into contact with the juvenile justice system, in comparison to white youth, at all stages of the proceedings, including arrest. While NJDC believes that front-line defenders can and should play a role in reducing these…

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…