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Underfunded Courts Routinely Deny Young People the Right to Legal Representation

Too many times in the US there are both children and adults facing jail time without adequate constitutional protection and right to counsel. The result [...]

Too many times in the US there are both children and adults facing jail time without adequate constitutional protection and right to counsel. The result is an “assembly-line justice” where lawyers may meet young people 15 minutes before a proceeding, enough time to convince them to admit guilt.

The children who come before the courts are overwhelming African-American, charged for what may be considered typical teenage behavior at school. Being sent to juvenile court results in charges that are likely to stay on their record and haunt them for the rest of their lives.

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Publication Date: 31/07/2015
Source: The New York Times
Author: Richard Pérez-Peña
Publication Date: 21/03/2015
Source: NPR
Author: Carrie Johnson