Juvenile defenders live the promise of Gault every day. But far too many people in America are unaware that in our system of “justice,” children are often denied their constitutional right to an attorney in juvenile court.
Gault at 50 is a public awareness campaign: we are building a coalition of Gault ambassadors, both within the juvenile justice field and outside of it, to demand justice for youth and bring the issue of children’s indigent defense into the national dialogue around juvenile justice reform, civil rights, and racial justice.
The purpose of the Campaign Toolkit is to provide a roadmap for localizing the Gault campaign and the issue of children’s access to counsel. It includes resources such as social media messaging, a sample press release, and a sample outreach email to encourage partners to sign onto the Statement of Principles. Spread the word on Gault in your town or state: it’s time to fulfill the promise!
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In re Gault was a giant step forward for the rights of children. Yet, due to inconsistent enforcement and lack of awareness, the due process rights of our children in delinquency court are not protected. We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go.
juvenile delinquency cases each year
states have no laws saying how young is too young to prosecute a child
states do not restrict shackling of children in juvenile court
states do not allow jury trials in juvenile court
The National Juvenile Defender Center and its allies and partners will be commemorating the Gault decision in the run up to the 50th anniversary. Find an event below.
At the National Juvenile Defender Center, we promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. NJDC was founded to guarantee every child facing prosecution in juvenile court is represented by an attorney who is specialized and trained to defend children.