Conditions of Confinement

APA RESOLUTION Opposing Involuntary Individual Isolation of Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings

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In February 2024, the American Psychological Association released a resolution detailing evidence-based recommendations to limit and eventually eliminate the use of solitary confinement on youth. Key recommendations include prohibiting solitary confinement except under exigent circumstances, the duration of which generally should not exceed four hours, and prioritizing evidence-based strategies that promote positive youth development in…

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

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No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration

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Why Youth Incarceration Fails: An Updated Review of the Evidence

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Overmedication and Misdiagnoses Guide

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U.S. Statement of Interest, Alex A. v. Gov. John Bel Edwards

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No. 3:22-cv-00573 (M.D. La. 2023). The U.S. Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in a civil lawsuit addressing the constitutional rights of youth who had been adjudicated delinquent and transferred to the Louisiana State Penitentiary‚Äôs former death row building, known as Angola. In their statement, the United States asserted that youth are particularly…

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.

The Ohio Model: A Report on the Transformational Reform of the Ohio Department of Youth Services, 2007-2015

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Alternate Public Defender Brief in Support of Petition for Writ of Mandate (California)

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Application for Extraordinary Relief Under the Court’s King’s Bench Jurisdiction

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COVID-19, Additional Guidance to Juvenile Facilities (California Board of State and Community Corrections)

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Coalition Statement on Protecting Youth and Communities from Risks Posed by the Novel Coronavirus

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Juvenile Justice Initiative COVID-19 Press Release

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COVID-19 Letter from the Colorado State Public Defender

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COVID-19 Defendant’s Motion for Judicial Release (Ohio)

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COVID-19 Sample Letter to Jails of Local Sheriff (Washington)

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Juvenile Facilities Checklist for Defenders: Advocating for the Safety and Well-Being of Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex Young People

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Pandemic Preparedness and Response: Correctional Facilities Washington State Department of Health

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Sample Letter to Department of Children and Family Services

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Investigation of Compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at Leflore County, Mississippi, Juvenile Detention Center

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Settlement Agreement Between the United States and Leflore County, Mississippi

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Dear Colleague Letter: Federal Pell Grant Eligibility for Students Confined or Incarcerated in Locations That Are Not Federal or State Penal Institutions

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Dear Colleague Letter: Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities

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Dear Colleague Letter: Civil Rights in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities

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Issue Brief: Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio

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