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Why There's a Push to Get Police Out of Schools

At least two-thirds of American high school students attend a school with a police officer, according to the Urban Institute, and that proportion is higher for students of color. Now, the national uprising for racial justice has led to a…

Where Do We Go From Here: Juvenile Defense Post COVID-19

Last week, the Southern Juvenile Defender Center (SJDC) hosted "Where Do We Go From Here: Juvenile Defense Post COVID-19." Watch the webinar here.  
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Zeroing Out Youth Prisons: What the Adult Justice Reform Movement Can Learn from Youth Justice - June 17 at 5 PM

Join Vincent Schiraldi in conversation with Vivian Nixon, Greg Davis, Abdulkadir Ali, and Karl Racine about his new paper from the Square One Executive Session on the Future of Justice Policy: Can we eliminate the youth prison? (And what should…

Representing Juveniles in Remote Courtrooms - June 5 at 2 PM

Last week, the Southern Juvenile Defender Center (SJDC) hosted a webinar on how to represent juvenile defendants in remote courtrooms during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Watch the webinar.
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Survey: 52% Drop in Admissions to Youth Detention in Two Months Matches Reduction Over 13 Years

The rate of young people admitted to detention has fallen by 52% during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey of juvenile justice agencies in 33 states — equaling in two months a national decline that took 13 years. The two-month…

FREE Webinar: Where Do We Go From Here: Juvenile Defense Post COVID-19 - June 12 at 2 PM

Hosted by Emory Law School Sponsored by: * Georgia Public Defender Council * Office of the Public Defender, Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit * South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense * Louisiana Public Defender Board * NC Office of the…

FREE Webinar: Representing Juveniles in Remote Courtrooms - June 5 at 2 PM

Hosted by Emory Law School Sponsored by: * Georgia Public Defender Council * Office of the Public Defender, Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit * South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense * Louisiana Public Defender Board * NC Office of the…

FREE Webinar: Satisfying Ethical Duties to The Youth Client in the Age of Social Distancing - May 29 at 2 PM

Hosted by Emory Law School Sponsored by: * Georgia Public Defender Council * Office of the Public Defender, Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit * South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense * Louisiana Public Defender Board * NC Office of the…
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FREE Webinar: Play for Justice - April 28 at 3 PM

Join REPRESENT JUSTICE and GEORGE HILL for a special conversation with XAVIER MCELRATH-BEY on his transformative prison experience during Play for Justice. #InfluentialJustice brings together your favorite artists, athletes, and advocates…

Orange Sheriff’s Office Revamping Juvenile Policies

I don’t know any law enforcement officers who got into this line of work to arrest kids. I know when I entered the profession 30 years ago, I was hoping to help kids — to give them a compassionate interaction with a cop, not their first…
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No Break for 'Vampire Cult’ Killer Rod Ferrell, Life Sentences Stand

Rod Ferrell, known as a teen vampire cult leader convicted in the beating deaths of a Eustis couple, lost his bid to shorten the life sentences he is serving. The 55-page decision, written by Circuit Judge G. Richard Singeltary…
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In Florida, Your Kid’s Chance of Arrest at School Depends on Where You Live

After a student was caught cutting class at Seminole High School’s ninth grade center in April 2019, a trio of Sanford police officers told the girl to get in a golf cart so she could be taken back to campus. She refused. “I’m…
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FREE Webinar: Family is Essential: A Conversation with Family Advocates About COVID-19 and Youth Justice - April 23 at 1 PM

As youth justice agencies race to prevent and respond to the harms of the novel coronavirus, families are essential partners. In this webinar, hosted by the Vera Institute of Justice and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, we will hear…
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Webinar: Lessons from Social and Neurological Perspectives on Positive Youth Development - April 23 at 4 PM

Our juvenile justice system began to take shape during a time of massive immigration and rapid growth of urban areas. Poverty, lack of supervision, and deplorable living conditions were seen as conditions that fostered delinquency. As the system…
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Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Juvenile Justice Policy and Practice

The COVID-19 pandemic currently presents significant challenges for juvenile justice policy and practice. In the face of this crisis, juvenile justice leaders and partners are working around the clock to keep youth, families, staff, and communities…