SB 1143 Support Letter - Request for Signature

Letter to Governor Brown requesting his signature; a bill limiting use of solitary confinement for juveniles in detention in California. MORE

Overview of the Juvenile Justice System in California

Overview of the juvenile justice system in Californai MORE

Educators Routinely Ignore a Captive Audience- Schools in Juvenile Justice Get an F

Educators Routinely Ignore a Captive Audience - Schools in Juvenile Hall Get An F. - Article reporting on a study conducted by the Youth Law Center about the failure of juvenile court schools to educ... MORE

Locked Up and Alone

Article exploring solitary confinement in juvenile facilities against the backdrop of SB 124 (Leno), currently pending in the California Legislature. MORE

San Diego City Beat "Legislation seeks to end isolation in juvenile facilities"

Article in San Diego City Beat on SB 124 (Leno), a in the California legislature that would limit the use of isolation in juvenile facilities in California, MORE

AB 388: What Group Home Staff Need to Know

Fact Sheet on AB 388: What Group Home Staff Need to Know. AB 388, which takes effect January 1, 2015, is a new law specifically intended to reduce the frequency of law enforcement involvement and de... MORE

AB 388: What Youth Advocates Need to Know

Fact Sheet on AB 388: What Youth Advocates Need to Know. AB 388, a new law which takes effect January 1, 2015, is specifically intended to reduce the frequency of law enforcement involvement and del... MORE

AB 388: New Protections for Youth In Group Homes

Fact Sheet on AB 388, a new law taking effect January 1, 2015, designed to prevent unnecessary law enforcement involvement in group homes. What Youth Need to know about the new law. MORE

Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration

Report by the Justice Policy Institute outlining the costs of juvenile incarceration. MORE

Juvenile Justice Can Be Less Expensive and More Effective

Op-ed by YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell on the cost of juvenile detention published by the Sacramento Bee MORE

Overview of the Juvenile Justice System in California

An overview of the juvenile justice system in Calfiornia, MORE

Letter to Santa Clara Board of Supervisors

Letter from YLC to Santa Clara Board of Supervisors opposing use of pepper spray in juvenile hall. MORE

Op-Ed: Incarcerating Disturbed Youth Is a Flawed Response

YLC staff attorney Sue Burrell, wrote an op ed piece for the CT Mirror, Incarcerating Disturbed Youth is a Flawed Response (LINK to uploaded article), published September 22, 2014. The piece follows... MORE

SF Gate (AP).Groups Seeks Probe Into Pepper Spray Use

AP article appearing in SFGate.com on Complaint filed with DOJ over use of pepper spray in San Diego juvenile detention facilities. MORE

SD Tribune article - Pepper Spray, Searches Draw Complaint

Article in San Diego Union Tribune on Complaint filed with DOJ over Use of Pepper Spray in San Diego juvenile detention centers. MORE

San Diego Union Tribune (AP) - Groups Seek Probe Into Pepper Spray Use

Article appearing in the San Diego Union Tribune on complaint filed with DOJ by Youth Law Center and other groups on use of pepper spray on youth in San Diego juvenile detention facilities MORE

San Diego City Beat "Civil Rights Groups Blast San Diego County over Pepper Spray in Juvenile Halls

Article by Dave Maass and Kelly Davis on DOJ Complaint filed by Youth Law Center over use of pepper spray in San Diego juvenile halls MORE

Press Release

Press Release on DOJ Complaint Over Pepper Spray in San Diego Juvenile Halls MORE

DOJ Complaint

Complaint to the Department of Justice over Pepper Spray and Mistreatment of Youth in San Diego Juvenile Halls. MORE

AB 388: What Social Workers Need to Know

Fact sheet for social workers on AB 388: a new law taking effect January 1, 2015, designed to prevent unnecessary policy involvement in group homes and reduce the use of locked detention before trial ... MORE

Challenging Lenthy Post-Disposition Commitments to Juvenile Halls

The purpose of this memorandum is to address ways to challenge the imposition of lengthy or extended post-disposition confinement, such as 200 or 300 days, in juvenile halls and to provide a resource ... MORE

Ricardo M. - Cases on Commitment to Juvenile Hall

Cases on commitment to juvenile hall in chronological order. Note that the statutes have changed over time – especially W & I § 777, but also the purpose clause (W & I § 202). Also, some focus on... MORE

The Dangers of Detention - PowerPoint Presentation

This powerpoint presentation highlights the negative impact of detention. MORE

Sacramento Valley Mirror's Sex, Drugs and Violence in Tehama Juvenile Hall

YLC Attorney Sue Burrell was interviewed for this four part Sacramento Valley Mirror series that exposed alleged sexual misconduct by Tehama County Juvenile Hall staff with detained juveniles. Sue pr... MORE

Youth with Developmental Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System - Power point Presentation

This power point presentation summarizes the results of a survey of probation departments. It lists common problems as well as promising practices. MORE

Energy Efficient Strategies for Defenders to Improve Conditions for Clents in Custody

This is a short discussion of strategies defenders may use to address individual client situations as well as systemic issues. While people often think that conditions advocacy necessarily implicates ... MORE

Gilliam Changes Welcome, but Delay Was Unforgivable

Denver Post op ed piece about E.R v. McDonnell, a case in which the Youth Law Center co-counseled. MORE

E.R. v. McDonnell First Amended Complaint

E.R. v. McDonnell, was filed in December 1995, on behalf of two children confined in the Phillip B. Gilliam Youth Services Center against officials in the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Di... MORE

The Human Impact of Crowding in Juvenile Detention

This article explores the human impact of crowding as actually observed in detention centers around the country through the eyes of juvenile advocates. It paints a dismal portrait of a system which is... MORE

Doe v. Foti Consent Decree

Doe v. Foti was a civil rights class action challenging conditions of confinement for juveniles in the Conchetta Facility, Orleans Parish Prison, in New Orleans, and the policies and practices of defe... MORE

Doe v. Younger Settlement Agreement

Doe v. Younger challenged the conditions of confinement for juveniles at the Kenton County Detention Center as well as the illegal confinement of juveniles in sight and sound of adult offenders and th... MORE

Working Together: Building Local Monitoring Capacity for Juvenile Detention Centers

This report describes a project undertaken when the California Legislature defunded state inspections of juvenile defender centers as part of its 1992 budget negotiations. The legislation substituted... MORE

State Settles Gilliam Lawsuit

Rocky Mountain News article about the settlement in E. R. v. McDonnell, a lawsuit in which the Youth Law Center co-counseled. MORE

Gilliam Youth Center Reform Plan Hailed

Denver Post article about the settlement reached in the case, E.R. v. McDonnell, where the Youth Law Center co-counseled MORE

E.R. v. McDonnell Settlement Agreement and Order

E.R. v. McDonnell, was filed in December 1995, on behalf of two children confined in the Phillip B. Gilliam Youth Services Center against officials in the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Di... MORE

ACLU Sues Over Center's "Cruel" Conditions

Rocky Mountain News article about the filing of E.R. v. McDonnell, a juvenile detention center conditions case, in which the Youth Law Center co-counseled. MORE

Shaw v. San Francisco Settlement Agreement

Shaw v. San Francisco challenged various illegal policies, practices and conditions of confinement at the San Francisco Juvenile Hall (Youth Guidance Center), including an antiquated facility in need ... MORE

Doe v. Foti Complaint

Doe v. Foti was a civil rights class action challenging conditions of confinement for juveniles in the Conchetta Facility, Orleans Parish Prison, in New Orleans, and the policies and practices of defe... MORE

Doe v. Younger Amended Complaint

Doe v. Younger challenged the conditions of confinement for juveniles at the Kenton County Detention Center as well as the illegal confinement of juveniles in sight and sound of adult offenders and th... MORE

Steven L. v. Kern County Settlement Agreement

Steven L. v. Kern County challenged the policies at the Kern County Juvenile Hall and the Kern County Youth Facility regarding access to counsel, mail censorship, and the use of isolation and other di... MORE

Hollingsworth v. Orange County Statement of Decision and Judgment

Hollingsworth v. Orange County was a conditions of confinement case filed in state court. The issues in this case were mail, telephone calls, visitation, access to legal materials, personal property, ... MORE

Judge Limits O.C.'s Use of Restraints on Youths

Orange County Register article about the results of the trial in Hollingsworth v. Orange County, a case in which the Youth Law Center co-counseled. MORE

Judge Orders Reform at O.C. Juvenile Hall

LA Times article about the conclusion of the trial in our case, Hollingsworth v. Orange County. MORE

Shaw v. San Francisco Complaint

Shaw v. San Francisco challenged various illegal policies, practices and conditions of confinement at the San Francisco Juvenile Hall (Youth Guidance Center), including an antiquated facility in need ... MORE

Hollingsworth v. Orange County Third Amended Complaint

Hollingsworth v. Orange County was a conditions of confinement case filed in state court. The issues in this case were mail, telephone calls, visitation, access to legal materials, personal property, ... MORE

G.C. v. Coler Settlement Agreement

G.C. v. Coler was a federal, class action lawsuit brought on behalf of children confined at the Broward County Regional Juvenile Detention Center for inadequate and inappropriate conditions of confine... MORE

G.C. v. Coler Second Amended Complaint

G.C. v. Coler was a federal, class action lawsuit brought on behalf of children confined at the Broward County Regional Juvenile Detention Center for inadequate and inappropriate conditions of confine... MORE

Jane G. v. Solano County Settlement Agreement and Order

Jane G. v. Solano County was filed on behalf of a 17-year-old girl who was placed at Solano County Juvenile Hall while awaiting disposition of misdemeanor charges. The lawsuit challenged a variety of ... MORE

Anthony C. v. Pima County Stipulation and Agreement

Anthony C. v. Pima County was filed in 1982 to challenge a number of practices at the Pima County Detention Center in Tucson. These included use of leather restraints, inadequate treatment programs, m... MORE

Steven L. v. Kern County First Amended Complaint

Steven L. v. Kern County challenged the policies at the Kern County Juvenile Hall and the Kern County Youth Facility regarding access to counsel, mail censorship, and the use of isolation and other di... MORE

D.J.R. v. Christean Consent Decree

D.J.R. v. Christean was a federal civil rights class action which challenged the use of excessive and unnecessary 'preventive' pretrial detention of children in the Salt Lake County Detention Center. ... MORE

Jane G. v. Solano County Complaint

Jane G. v. Solano County was filed on behalf of a 17-year-old girl who was placed at Solano County Juvenile Hall while awaiting disposition of misdemeanor charges. The lawsuit challenged a variety of ... MORE

Clarence M. v. Yakima Parital Consent Judgment

Clarence M. v. Yakima was a civil rights action for declaratory judgment, permanent injunction, damages and other relief, challenging the conditions of confinement at the Yakima County Detention Facil... MORE

Anthony C. v. Pima County Complaint

Anthony C. v. Pima County was filed in 1982 to challenge a number of practices at the Pima County Detention Center in Tucson. These included use of leather restraints, inadequate treatment programs, m... MORE

Clarence M. v. Yakima Amended Complaint

Clarence M. v. Yakima was a civil rights action for declaratory judgment, permanent injunction, damages and other relief, challenging the conditions of confinement at the Yakima County Detention Facil... MORE

Aguilar v. Mitchell Complaint

Aguilar v. Mitchell was a federal court action involving conditions of confinement of children in the detention center in Walla Walla. At the trial, experts in the areas of child psychiatry, adolescen... MORE

Tommy P.v. Board of County Commissioners Memorandum and Judgment

Tommy P. v. Board of County Commissioners was a state court action to insure that children in detention facilities would have a right to adequate education services during long terms of confinement. A... MORE

Tommy P. v. Board of Commissioners First Amended Complaint

Tommy P. v. Board of County Commissioners was a state court action to insure that children in detention facilities would have a right to adequate education services during long terms of confinement. A... MORE

San Diego City Beat - Civil Rights Groups Blast San Diego County Over Pepper Spray in Juvenile Halls

http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-13253-civil-rights-groups-blast-san-diego-county-over-pepper-spray-in-juvenile-halls.html – article in Sn Diego City Beat on DOJ complaint filed over pepper spray use in San Diego juvenile halls MORE