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Navigating the Dual Status Terrain: Tips for Juvenile Defenders

"Despite the nuances of each dual status youth case, there are some reliable statistics that reveal that dual status youth consistently experience disparate treatment while involved with the juvenile justice system and notably poorer outcomes following experience with both systems."

This Boy's Life

"At 16, Taurus Buchanan threw one deadly punch--and was sent away for life. Will the Supreme Court give him, and hundreds like him, a chance at freedom?"

Op: Children should not be shackled -- Ohio Supreme Court right to re-examine rules

"Studies show that when they perceive that the court is treating them fairly, adolescents are more cooperative and gain respect for the law. I meet kids on what may already be the worst day of their lives. Putting them in chains only increases that stress. It makes it difficult for them to concentrate, to confer with their attorneys and to communicate with me. Without the shackles, young people are noticeably better listeners and much more engaged in the process."--Darlene Byrne, Texas Judge and NCJFCJ President

OP-ED: Imagining a Real Journey Through Detention For No Crime

OP-ED: Imagining a Real Journey Through Detention For No Crime

ACLU seeks end to shackling juveniles

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio today asked the Ohio Supreme Court to prohibit juvenile courts from shackling children during court appearances without first conducting hearings.

Stop Solitary in Ohio

Stop Solitary for Ohio's Youth is committed to eliminating the harmful practice of secluding youth in adult jails and prisons, state youth correctional facilities, local juvenile detention centers, and residential treatment facilities.

October: National Youth Justice Awareness Month

This month is not only a time to raise awareness but also a time to build collective action, to strengthen relationships with other advocates, and to join local advocacy campaigns working to create policy changes.