A Call to Expand Post-Disposition Representation of Youth in the Juvenile Legal System

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In 2020, after the District of Columbia Court of Appeals released its decision in In re N.H.M., expanding DC youths’ access to post-disposition counsel, Open City Advocates, which represented N.H.M., contacted the Gault Center to explore how to support the expansion of post-disposition representation in other jurisdictions. We reviewed analyses of post-disposition representation of youth,…

Statement of Interest in Hurrell-Harring

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Statement of Interest in Wilbur v. City of Mount Vernon

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Memorandum of Agreement Regarding the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County

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Ensuring Access Toolkit – Court Rule Change Sign-On Letter

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Ensuring Access Toolkit – Messaging

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Ensuring Access Toolkit – Sample Legislative Testimony

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Ensuring Access Toolkit – Sample Letter to the Editor

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Early Access to Counsel in Police Precincts Data Collection Practices & Recommendations

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Early Access to Counsel in Police Precincts Best Practices and Recommendations

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Early Access to Legal Counsel for Youth: An Implementation Study of California Senate Bills 395 and 203

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Gideon at Sixty: Advancing the Right to Counsel for Kids in Cuyahoga County

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The Wren Collective (2023). This independent report by the Wren Collective examines youth defense appointment practices in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and finds that juvenile court judges are routinely assigning private attorneys over public defenders to represent youth in juvenile court. Specifically, the public defender’s office was appointed to 25% of the juvenile delinquency cases in…

National Youth Defense System Standards

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Outlines steps that states must take to comply with the minimum requirements of the U.S. Constitution to protect the rights of youth facing deprivations of liberty.

How-To-Guide on Legislative Advocacy: “Ensuring Access for Youth of Color: Raising Race in Policy Advocacy”

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National Juvenile Defender Center Recommendations for the Biden/Harris Administration

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Limited Justice: An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Juvenile Defense Counsel in Kansas (2020)

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Undervalued: An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Juvenile Defense Counsel in New Hampshire (2020)

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Advancing Youth Justice: An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Juvenile Defense Counsel in Oregon (2020)

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Overdue for Justice: An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Juvenile Defense Counsel in Michigan (2020)

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Mississippi: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings (2007)

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Encouraging Judges to Support Zealous Defense Advocacy from Detention to Post-Disposition: An Overview of the Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

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The Children Left Behind: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings in Louisiana (2001)

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Broken Contracts: Contract Counsel Toolkit

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Broken Contracts: Reimagining High-Quality Representation of Youth in Contract and Appointed Counsel Systems

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Arizona Bringing Gault Home: An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Juvenile Defense Counsel (2018)

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