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NCJ Number: 250388 Find in a Library
Title: Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services
Corporate Author: National Juvenile Defender Ctr (NJDC)
United States of America
Date Published: November 2016
Page Count: 60
Sponsoring Agency: National Juvenile Defender Ctr (NJDC)
Washington, DC 20036
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-JL-FX-K002
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report by the National Juvenile Defender Center presents seven major recommendations for providing effective legal defense services to juveniles, with action suggestions for achieving each of the seven recommendations.
Abstract: First, champion, uphold, and fund children’s right to counsel. Among the suggestions for implementing this recommendation is to support, fund, and expand access to counsel to include post-disposition representation and reentry planning. Second, ensure meaningful access to counsel throughout the delinquency process. Among the suggestions for implementing this recommendation is to appoint counsel for all children without requiring a determination of indigence. Third, implement strong, well-resourced, and specialized juvenile defense systems. One suggestion for achieving this is to ensure that the method of attorney appointment is fair and does not create any conflicts of interest. Fourth, eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. One suggestion for implementing this recommendation is to comply with existing best practices and resources to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the delivery of defense services. Fifth, attract and retain new and diverse talent to the field of juvenile defense. One suggestion for achieving this is to support the expansion of public and private law school clinical and experiential learning. Sixth, protect the rights of youth who face additional discrimination and violation of their constitutional rights. One suggestion for achieving this is to ensure meaningful access to counsel for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth. Seventh, fund and implement mechanisms to collect data, conduct assessments and court observations, and initiate evaluation and research. One suggestion is to develop juvenile defense indicators targeted to measure system performance.
Main Term(s): Juvenile processing
Index Term(s): Defense counsel; Defense counsel effectiveness; Defense services; Legal aid services; OJJDP grant-related documents; OJJDP Resources; Public defenders
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