Juvenile Representation | Juvenile Delinquency

 The juvenile justice system in Kentucky has endured a substantial history of problems concerning its treatment of juvenile offenders and the lack of systemic advocacy and focused reform efforts. After years of public criticism, media attention, litigation challenging the conditions in Kentucky’s juvenile facilities, lack of access to the effective assistance of counsel and to the courts, and failure to provide adequate treatment, Kentucky officials began the long road to institutional change by the second half of the 1990’s. The creation of the Department of Juvenile Justice, the commitment of Governor Patton to help fix a broken juvenile justice system, and the Kentucky legislature’s move to invest millions of new dollars into these initiatives were the beginning.

Author/Organization: American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center
Publication Date: 09/2002

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There are more than 40,000 children involved in delinquency proceedings in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since 1972, state law has provided that each of these children is entitled to an attorney at every stage of the delinquency process. Despite this legal mandate, there are serious deficiencies in the delivery of indigent defense to accused and adjudicated youth. The availability and quality of defense representation varies widely across the Commonwealth. In failing to render effective advocacy, a system cannot protect individual rights, provide rehabilitation, or effectively hold youth accountable for their actions.

Author/Organization: American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center
Publication Date: 10/2003

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Assistant AG Laurie Robinson addresses juvenile justice convention

BY Jon Mosher on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:21 PM

On May 23, 2011, Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson addressed the annual meeting of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Washington DC. In her remarks, Assistant AG Robinson renewed the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs' commitment to focus on juvenile justice issues, in particular with the ongoing work of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

AG Holder addresses juvenile representation before National Association of Counties convention

BY Jon Mosher on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 4:02 PM

On March 7, US Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the National Association of Counties at its legislative conference in Washington DC, focusing his remarks on the failure of state and local juvenile justice policies to address the underlying causes of delinquent behavior by children.  Often, the methods our justice systems maintain to punish youthful offenders – especially those accused of lesser offenses – result in increasingly poor behavior.  As a result, he argues, our communities are less safe, not more.

On March 8, NLADA research director David Carroll conducted a national webinar on behalf of, the DOJ/BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC). While state policymakers work to construct indigent defense systems that meet basic foundational national standards, prudent use of taxpayer dollars requires that they concurrently decrease the need for public defense attorneys by removing non-violent, low-level felonies and misdemeanors from the formal justice system through diversion and/or reclassification of crimes to infractions where it is safe, reasonable and prudent to do so. The presentation explores the state of the right to counsel in America, offers insight into current national standards, and presents practical solutions to public defense problems that threaten our courts' abilities to produce verdicts that are fair, correct, swift and final. The hour-long webinar includes a 40-min presentation followed by 20 mins of questions and answers.

Author/Organization: David Carroll, NLADA
Publication Date: 03/08/2011

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On July 26, 2010, Laurence Tribe, Senior Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Access to Justice Initiative spoke to the Conference of Chief Justices at their annual conference in Vail, Colorado. The speech highlights the failure of our state courts to protect fairness for people of insufficient means in both the civil and criminal courts. Specific recommendations are made regarding what Chief Justices should do.

Author/Organization: Laurence Tribe
Publication Date: 07/26/2010

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Gideon Alert: Wyoming tries 85-90% of all juveniles as adults

BY David Carroll on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 1:06 PM

"Unlike any other state in the nation, Wyoming commonly prosecutes children as criminals, imposing adult sentences for misbehavior more typical of normal adolescence than criminal.  At significant cost to Wyoming taxpayers, children as young as eight years old who get in trouble for such transgressions as smoking at school, drinking at a weekend party, stealing a pack

Gideon Alert: "Kids for Cash" Commission Report concludes Pennsylvania in the business of dispensing "Justice by Geography"

BY David Carroll on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

On May 27, 2010, the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice delivered a scathing indictment of the Luzerne County “kids for cash” scandal, in which judges allegedly made millions of dollars in kick-backs for placing juvenile offenders into

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelley keynote address at United States House Judiciary Committee event at Wayne State University (Detorit), December 14, 2009. Briefing on solutions to indigent defense crisis. Speech highlight findings of NLADA's 2008 report entitled “Race to the Bottom: Speed and Savings over Due Process”

Author/Organization: Michigan Supreme Court
Publication Date: 12/14/2009

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