Good afternoon N.C. Juvenile Defender Community. It has been a rather eventful week, depending on where you are, and we hope everyone is still warm and safe. This week we would like recap a few important things.
Earlier in the week, Assistant Appellate Defender David Andrews offered a great breakdown of the updated North Carolina Juvenile Defender manual, the first new edition since 2008. The new manual offers defenders instruction based on changes to the Juvenile Code over the past decade, including sections on procedures for suppression motions and Raise the Age legislation, along with expanded sections on other topics covered in the original. Andrews co-wrote the new manual along with John Rubin, Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government at the UNC School of Government. Please take a moment to read David’s article here and access the new manual on the School of Government’s website.
Also, earlier in the week our office released our “2017 Year in Review”, highlighting some of the juvenile defense community’s biggest achievements in the past year, including the passage of Raise the Age and commemorating the 50th anniversary of In re Gault. In our post we also provide our plan going forward to evaluate contracts and provide training in response to the increase in juvenile jurisdiction. To read our brief on some of our successes and plans from 2017, please check out our article here.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will be supporting National Drug and Alcohol Facts week, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. From Jan. 22-28, these organizations will be supporting community events nationwide and beyond that bring people together, from adolescents to experts, to discuss alcohol and drug abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse will be providing free booklets about how to deal with drug abuse, in addition to other educational resources.
OJJDP will also be accepting nominations for their 2018 National Missing Children’s Day awards until Jan. 24. They are seeking nominees for their Missing Children’s Citizen Award and Missing Children’s Child Protection Award. These awards are meant to recognize private individuals who helped to recover a missing/abducted child and professionals, such as law enforcement officers and child protective service agents, who have worked to protect children from abuse and victimization. For further details and to submit your nominations, please check here.