Amicus brief filed with US Supreme Court in A.M. v. Holmes, challenging the arrest of a 13 year old New Mexico boy for “fake burping” and laughing in class (criminalizing normal behavior)
Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration
Report by the Justice Policy Institute outlining the costs of juvenile incarceration.
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
Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee
Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee re: costs of SB 838
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.
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.
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 the adult criminal system. The article quotes YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell,
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.
Profile of Honorable Tomar Mason
This article profiles YLC Board Member Honorable Tomar Mason.
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.
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.
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 the culture of our profession works against effective delinquency representation. The solutions are better contracts with appointed counsel and training.
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 toward a vision for juvenile justice that is more in keepiing with what we now know about […]
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 needs, which are substantial. The information was obtained through surveys conducted as part of the MacArthur Foundation’s JUvenile Indigent Deense Action Network. YLC led […]
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 undertaken for the MacArthur Juvenile Inidgent Defense Action Network aimed at increasing the capacity of California juvenile defenders. The research revealed enormous gaps and […]