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New Report Addresses Rights of Youth to Effective Defense Counsel

November 21, 2016

Defend Children

The National Juvenile Defender Center has released “Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services. This new report, supported by OJJDP, addresses the issue of youth being denied access to qualified defense counsel throughout the juvenile justice process. The report offers recommendations to ensure youth have access to effective juvenile defense, illustrates racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile court, and highlights successful programs and practices that are improving youth access to counsel.


View and download “Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services.”

View and download the Executive Summary.

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