Legal / policy analyses

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

SJ Mercury News Article on SB 838

Article discusses controversial bill SB 838 "Audrie's Law" which would create a new crime for "sexting", reduce confidentiality in juvenile court hearings, and expand the number of juveniles tried in ... MORE

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee re: costs of SB 838 MORE

Letter to Assembly Public Safety Committee - SB 838 - Oppose

Letter to Assembly Public Safety Committee Opposing SB 838 - a bill that would create of new crime for "sexting" and impose mandatory minimum sentences. MORE

Letter to Senate Public Safety Committee - SB 838 - Oppose

Letter to Senate Public Safety Committee opposing SB 828, a bill that would create a new crime for "sexting" and impose mandatory minimum sentences. MORE

Experts Concerned That LA County Youth Not Always Well Served by the Juvenile Justice system

News article on the appointed counsel system for delinquency cases in Los Angeles County. MORE

Profile of Honorable Tomar Mason

This article profiles YLC Board Member Honorable Tomar Mason. MORE

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: Systemic Causes, Systemic Solutions - Powerpoint Presentation

This power point presentation looks at the characteristics of delinquency system and delinquency attorneys in California. Then it looks at compensation for delinquency attorneys in California, and how... MORE

Shifting Values in Juvenile Justice - Daily Journal (December 21, 2010)

This is an op ed piece summing up juvenile justice reform in the first part of the 21st century. It takes the position that we are moving away from the punitive attitudes of the 1980's and 1990's and... MORE

Juvenile Delinquency: The Case for Specialty Training

This Daily Journal article explores the special skills and training needed to represent young people in California juvenile delinquency cases, and the reasons competent representation is so critical. MORE

Juvenile Defense Attorneys Speak Out

Daily Journal article that explores the special skills and training needed to represent young people in California juvenile delinquency cases, and the reasons competent representation is so critical. MORE

Juvenile Defense Attorneys Speak Out - Daily Journal (January 15, 2010)

This is the second part of a two part piece on training and resource needs for California juvenile delinquency counsel. In this part, juvenile defense counsel describe their resource and training nee... MORE

Juvenile Delinquency: The Case for Specialty Training - Daily Journal (January 14, 2010)

This is part one of a two part piece published in the Daily Journal. It describes the importance of having skilled, knowledgeable juvenile delinquency counsel, and presents the results of research un... MORE