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Nov 14, 2016 - Washington, DC

NJDC Releases New Report, Lays Out Roadmap to Fulfill Children’s Rights in Court

by National Juvenile Defender Center

Dear Friends, Today, the National Juvenile Defender Center released a new report on an open secret in America’s juvenile courts: children are routinely denied access to lawyers, or receive representation so inadequate that it provides little protection. Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services details how children are arrested, prosecuted, and too often incarcerated without attorneys at their side. Youth, and disproportionately youth of color, are swept into…