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…

Virtual Shackles: Electronic Surveillance and the Adultification of Juvenile Courts

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Complaint, U.S. v. Lauderdale

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No Child Left Confined: Challenging the Digital Convict Lease

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This article is a transcript of a lecture given by Professor Chaz P. Arnett at a Symposium hosted by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Journal of Health Care Law & Policy. Professor Arnett discusses juvenile courts’ increased reliance on electronic monitoring, which he classifies as “e-carceration,” or the “the digital…

Juvenile Court Statistics 2021

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In January 2024, the National Center for Juvenile Justice released their annual report detailing data trends in juvenile courts across the country from 2005 to 2021. This report provides a national snapshot of various trends in delinquency cases, including key demographic patterns across age, gender, and race at various stages of case processing. Notably, in…

The Probation Experience Project: Insights from Young People and Families

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Testimony of Josh Rovner Director of Youth Justice The Sentencing Project In Opposition to SB744 Before the Maryland Senate Committee on the Judiciary

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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.

Transforming Juvenile Probation: A Vision for Getting It Right

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The Cost of Juvenile Probation: A Critical Look into the Harms of Juvenile Supervision Fees

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Infographic on the harms of supervision fees on young people.

Graduated Responses Toolkit: New Resources and Insights to Help Youth Succeed on Probation

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Key Changes to the Kansas Juvenile Code: A Practical Guide

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Issue Brief-The Cost of Juvenile Probation: A Critical Look into Juvenile Supervision Fees

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Youth on Probation: Bringing a 20th Century Service Into a Developmentally Friendly 21st Century World

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Promoting Positive Development: The Critical Need to Reform Youth Probation Orders

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Environmental Scan of Developmentally Appropriate Criminal Justice Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adults

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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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Probation (Maryland Office of the Public Defender)

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Motion to Suppress Evidence at Probation Violation Hearing (Massachusetts)

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Motion to Dismiss Probation Violation Proceedings (Massachusetts)

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Ideas for Challenging Electronic Monitoring in Juvenile Court

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Motion to Terminate Probation and Close and Seal Case (Maryland)

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What They Don’t Know Can Hurt Them: Mothers’ Legal Knowledge and Youth Re-Offending

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U.S. v. Mississippi Proposed Settlement Agreement

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