Delinquency Proceedings

LSU Football, the U.S. Congress, and the American Child’s Right to Counsel

LSU Football, the U.S. Congress, and the American Child’s Right to Counsel

This past Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C. was an anomaly on two counts: the weather was comfortably dry and the U.S. Congress took a moment to consider justice for children. Miracles do happen. Amy Harfeld of Children’s Advocacy Institute and Rricha Mathur of First Focus partnered with NACC and the ABA Center on Children and the Law to produce a Congressional Briefing on Children’s Right to Counsel, sponsored by the ever-laudable U.S. Representative Karen Bass of California. A packed Gold

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How Child Advocates and Judges Can Help Keep LGBTQ Youth Safe from Violence in Out-of-Home Care

How Child Advocates and Judges Can Help Keep LGBTQ Youth Safe from Violence in Out-of-Home Care

February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) ran a series of blog posts highlighting important issues affecting youth victimized through dating violence. The NACC has been responding to each of these posts with follow-up articles that extend the conversation. Last week, the NCJFCJ published their fifth and final article in the series, “System Barriers Facing Teen Dating Violence Survivors.” This post, written by Currey Cook, Senior Attorney

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Teen Dating Violence – Telling the Story to the Judge

Teen Dating Violence – Telling the Story to the Judge

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will be running a series of blog posts highlighting important issues affecting youth victimized through dating violence. The NACC will be responding to each of these posts with follow-up articles that extend the conversation.  Last week, the NCJFCJ published their first article in the series, “8 Things Judges Need to Know About Teen Dating Violence.” This post, written by the Honorable

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Ban on Solitary Confinement + Montgomery v. Louisiana = Big Week for Juvenile Justice

Ban on Solitary Confinement + <em>Montgomery v. Louisiana</em> = Big Week for Juvenile Justice

“It erases you. It’s like being buried alive. You can’t talk to anyone, you can’t laugh, you can’t have a personality. Your world shrinks. It becomes smaller and smaller. Everything you know, everything you loved, seems far away. I would think about that person I once was. I would long for that person.” That’s the truth of solitary confinement. At least that’s how Sarah Shourd described it. She should know. Sarah is an American woman freed after spending 410 days

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Causal Links: Child Protection Agency Attorneys and Our Effect on the Juvenile Justice System

Causal Links: Child Protection Agency Attorneys and Our Effect on the Juvenile Justice System

There is no denying the relationship between the child dependency system and the juvenile delinquency system. The more difficult question is figuring out what that relationship is and how to address it in a meaningful way for children, for families and for the community at large. I recently watched a video transcript of the sentencing hearing for a 13-year-old boy named Jamarion Lawhorn who a jury found guilty of the first-degree murder of a 9-year-old boy named Connor at a

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