If you haven’t already heard, the National Juvenile Justice Network is hosting a one-hour “Access to Counsel” webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 19, starting at 3 p.m. Below is a brief description of what to expect from the webinar:
“Nearly every state falls far too short of its constitutional obligation to provide adequate access to counsel and effective lawyers for youth. This failure helps to perpetuate the over-criminalization of youth, particularly youth of color. In this webinar, we will explore the findings and recommendations in the National Juvenile Defender Center’s recent report, Access Denied: A National Snapshot of States’ Failure to Protect Children’s Right to Counsel. You will also learn from case examples by NJJN members who have moved policy reform forward to improve access to counsel in their states.”
Presenters for this discussion include Kirstin Cornnell, director of operations at the Delaware Center for Justice, Christina Gilbert senior staff attorney and policy counsel at the National Juvenile Defender Center, and Eric Zogry, the N.C. juvenile defender. To register for this event, please follow the link here.
We would also like to notify everyone that we have added one more piece of new info to our “Raise the Age” page. Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) has recently released a one-page explainer on N.C.’s Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act. We’ve provided a new link to this brief within our description for resources from CFYJ.
Additionally, CFYJ is currently promoting its 9th Annual Youth Justice Action Month for October, encouraging advocates/activists of youth justice from all over the U.S. to participate in developing campaigns, hosting events, and whatever else they feel compelled to do to in order to aid in reforming the juvenile justice system. If you are interested in joining them, please visit here to sign up and see more information.