Interrogation & Statements

A Checklist to Assess the Presence of a Constitutional Violation under 34 U.S.C. 12601

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This checklist can be used to assess the presence of constitutional violations throughout the course of a client’s case. Please refer to the National Youth Defense Systems Standards and their accompanying User Guide for litigation strategies to challenge potential constitutional violations noted in this checklist.

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

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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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The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing

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Taking the Next Step in Miranda Evaluations: Considering Racial Trauma and the Impact of Prior Police Contact

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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.

JDB v. North Carolina

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A Critical Discussion of Youth Miranda Waivers, Racial Inequity, and Proposed Policy Reforms

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Sydney Baker et al., 29 Psychol. Pub. Pol’y & L. 320 (2023). This article is a call to action for the research community and advocates to engage youth and families with lived experience in the legal system in research on the impacts of race, development, and identity on youth interrogations. The authors detail the limitations…

Amicus Brief, Human Rights for Kids in support of Petitioner (Billy Raymond Counterman v. Colorado, US Supreme Court)

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Special Caution Required: The Realities of Youth Interrogation

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A fact sheet highlighting the need for young people to have counsel during interrogation.

San Francisco Youth Interrogation Ordinance

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California v. Male Client – Implied Waiver and Voluntariness (Appellant’s Opening Brief)

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

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

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Juvenile Interrogation Protection Act Testimony (Maryland)

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Client Interviewing for Racially Conscious Lawyers

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The Role of the Parent/Guardian in Juvenile Custodial Interrogations: Friend or Foe?

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Improving Training, Interviewing Skills When Investigating Pre-Teens, Adolescents

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California v. Male Client – Supplemental Motion to Suppress Statements

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Motion to Suppress (Ohio)

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New Mexico v. Antonio T. Opinion

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