The Anti-Racist Imperative of Infancy

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Immediate and complete elimination of the juvenile legal system would be fraught with political and logistical challenges. Incremental “shrinkage,” however, is not only possible but has already begun to occur.307 One incrementalist strategy is to reduce the reach of that system by constricting its jurisdiction over certain behaviors and certain children, particularly the very young.…

Strengthening Indigenous Communities to Eliminate Disparities in the Criminal Justice System Infographic 2024

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Barriers to Wellness: Voices and Views from Young People in Five Cities

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Why Youth Incarceration Fails: An Updated Review of the Evidence

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Sample Motion to Adopt Reasonable Child Standard

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Unshackled: Stories of Redemption Among Serious Youth Offenders

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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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Disproportionate School Brutality upon Black Children

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Due Process in the Time of COVID: Defenders as First Responders in a Juvenile Court System Struggling with the COVID-19 Pandemic

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In February and March 2020, as COVID-19 spread throughout the United States, NJDC recognized a crisis facing youth involved in the juvenile courts and the attorneys tasked with defending them. The contagious nature of COVID-19 and the public health protocols meant to mitigate transmission heightened risks to the health and wellbeing of youth entering the…

Trauma: What Child Welfare Attorneys Should Know

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The Trajectory of a Traumatized Youth: A Three System Perspective

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Spotlight on Culture-Conversations about Historical Trauma: Part Three

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Spotlight on Culture-Conversations about Historical Trauma: Part Two

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Spotlight on Culture-Conversations about Historical Trauma: Part One

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Responding to Youth Disclosures about Trauma: Guidelines for Non-Mental Health Professionals

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Identifying Dual Status Youth with Trauma-Related Problems

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Helping Traumatized Children: Tips for Judges

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Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System

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Emergency Motion for Pre-Adjudication Release Due to Public Health and Safety Threat Posed by COVID-19 Pandemic (North Carolina)

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Fair and Just Prosecution Statement from Elected Prosecutors on COVID-19 and Addressing the Rights and Needs of Those in Custody

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Tips on Youth Trauma for Juvenile Defenders

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As a defender, it is important to consider how trauma and mental illness may have played a role in the behaviors that led a young person to become your client. This publication outlines five points to guide your advocacy.

Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy: A Resource for Juvenile Defense Attorneys

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National Child Traumatic Stress Network Bench Card for Juvenile Court Judges: Newcomer Immigrant Youth in Juvenile Justice Court Proceedings: A Trauma-Informed Approach

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A Radical Model for Decriminalization: Research Model & Initial Findings

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Montgomery v. Louisiana Mitigation Report

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