National Youth Defense System Standards User Guide

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This User Guide provides advocates with a step-by-step outline of how to actualize the vision of the National Youth Defense System Standards to equip and invest in youth defense teams to fight for the liberation of all youth. The User Guide outlines constitutional rights detailed in the System Standards, provides a checklist to assess the…

Deception in Place of Equal and Impartial Administration of Justice: The Use of Deception When Interrogating Juveniles

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Statement of Interest in Hurrell-Harring

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Statement of Interest in Wilbur v. City of Mount Vernon

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State Settlement Agreement, U.S. v. Lauderdale

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City Settlement Agreement, U.S. v. Lauderdale

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Complaint, U.S. v. Lauderdale

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

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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’s former death row building, known as Angola. In their statement, the United States asserted that youth are particularly…

Access to Justice Spotlight: Fines & Fees

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Off. for Access to Just., U.S. Dep’t of Just. (2023). The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice issued this report as a follow up on the department’s Fines and Fees Dear Colleague letter. The report spotlights jurisdictions that have eliminated fines and fees for youth and adults through various mechanisms and highlights…

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.

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

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DOJ Statement of Interest in S.R. and L.G. v. Kenton County Amicus Brief

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Settlement Agreement Between the United States and Leflore County, Mississippi

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DOJ Statement of Interest in N.P. v. Georgia

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Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings

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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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United States Department of Justice Investigation of the Shelby County Juvenile Court

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Findings Regarding Department of Justice Investigation of Lauderdale County Youth Court, Meridian Police Department, and Mississippi Division of Youth Services

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U.S. v. Mississippi Proposed Settlement Agreement

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Cause of Action

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Creates a case for holding states liable for abdicating their duty to ensure that all children have zealous representation.

Memorandum of Agreement Between the United States Department of Justice and the St. Louis County Family Court

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United States Department of Justice Investigation of the St. Louis County Family Court, St. Louis, Missouri

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