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Access to Counsel
(NCJ 204063) June 2004
OJJDP Juvenile Justice Practices Series, Grant, 34 page(s)
Jones, J.B.
 
Examines access to legal counsel in the juvenile justice system. This Bulletin, the second in OJJDPs online Juvenile Justice Practices Series, describes problems affecting access to counsel at each stage of the juvenile justice process, discusses factors that hinder access to and quality of counsel, and identifies elements of effective counsel. The Bulletin also outlines five approaches to improving access (program initiatives, legislation, administrative reforms, research, and litigation), cites examples of the approaches, and lists resources (organizations and tools) for practitioners. The Bulletin closes with a brief discussion of remaining challenges in ensuring access to effective legal counsel for all youth in the juvenile justice system. Available online only.
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