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Congratulations to Children's Law Center for being a nominee for the 2012 Difference Maker Awards. Click HERE to see all nominees

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Monday
Feb252013

Collateral Consequences for Court Involved Youth

March 15th, 2013, 3-4 p.m. Eastern, 2-3 p.m. Central, 1-2 p.m. Mountain, 12-1 p.m. Pacific

Children involved in juvenile court face collateral consequences from their delinquency adjudications which can prevent barriers to their future success and can cause harm to their well-being. Some of these stem from system exposure and others extend beyond the time spent under court supervision but are related to their prior court involvement and adjudication. For example, after successfully completing their dispositions, many youth face significant hardships enrolling back in school, finding employment, or accessing ongoing treatment or health care. Dr. Ashley Nellis, Senior Research Analyst from The Sentencing Project, joins us on the next Spotlight on Youth to discuss the intersection of collateral consequences for youth who are court involved. The issue is imperative on policy and practice levels and Dr. Nellis will share what is happening in both arenas to reduce and eliminate the problem.

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To listen to the show, go to Spotlight on Youth five minutes before the show is scheduled to start. If you would like to ask the guests a question live on air, you can call (347)994-1149 and push number 1 on your keypad.

For more information about Spotlight on Youth contact Lauren at childrenslaw@ispconsults.com or for technical assistance contact Angela at achang@childrenslawky.org

Wednesday
Jan162013

Juvenile Detention Reform in Ohio- Update

Since 2010, Ohio has continued to examine current detention practices and has taken steps forward in reform. The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio and the Children's Law Center have published an update to the 2010 Juvenile Detention Reform Issue Brief and Fact Sheet. This issue brief highlights promising detention reform practices in Ohio and outlines a number of next steps that juvenile justice practitioners can take at the local and state levels. Read the issue brief here: Juvenile Detention Reform in Ohio Update.

Thursday
Dec132012

Indiana Youth Transfer Case Overturned

Last November, CLC– along with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) – filed an amicus brief in Gingerich vs. the State of Indiana in the Indiana Court of Appeals.  The brief was filed to support Paul Gingerich, a 12-year-old boy transferred to adult court for his involvement in the killing of one of Paul’s co-defendants’ stepfather.  Paul was transferred to the adult court seven days after his arrest and was eventually sentenced in adult court to prison for 25 years and probation for an additional 5 years.

On December 11, 2012, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed Paul’s conviction, finding that the trial court had abused its discretion by not granting Paul’s attorney a continuance, which violated Paul’s due process.  In its decision, the Court quoted extensively from the joint brief submitted by CLC.  Paul’s case will now return to juvenile court for further proceedings.  Congratulations to Monica Foster – the lead attorney on Paul’s case – as well as the other amici.  The Court’s decision is available HERE.