Hello again and a happy Friday to you! This week we’ve got one new job opportunity and one new training program to announce. Job Opportunities The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is currently seeking a director for its newly created Strategic Litigation Unit. The Strategic Litigation Unit will be responsible for litigation aimed at achieving systemic and institutional reform in all of CPCS’s criminal and civil practice
Welcome to another Friday and another blog post! This week there are some new job opportunities, a new resource and some training opportunities approaching quickly. Job Opportunities The Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CFJJ) in Massachusetts will be accepting applications for a new executive director until Monday, Oct. 22. The selected candidate will be responsible for fundraising, meeting with stakeholders, representing CFJJ to the public, managing overall operations and co
We’ve all had that moment. We walk into a bookstore, only to browse, not to buy, but then we come across that one book with that story or nugget of wisdom that intrigues us so much we have to leave with it… Juvenile Defender Eric Zogry had one of many moments like that for himself not too long ago, but the book he left Book Planet with contained a piece of little-known history that echoes much of the language we are using now… in the Juvenile Jurisdiction Reinvestment Act.
WASHINGTON, DC — Youth in 21 states can be charged fees for the cost of probation supervision, placing a tremendous burden on young people and their families, according to an issue brief and corresponding infographic released today by the National Juvenile Defender Center. “These fees create a cycle of debt for families. Children are charged merely for being placed on probation, which exacerbates racial disparities and prolongs the length of time a young person is forced to s
Please see the latest update to our “Case Summaries” list on the “Materials for Defenders” page. The latest entry to the list, located in the”Dispositions: Appeals” and “Dispositions: Sentencing” sections, is the published opinion In re D.E.P. which established that: The trial court is not required by G.S. 7B-2512 to make findings of fact that address each of the G.S. 7B-2501(c) factors and did not abuse its discretion in ordering a Level 3 commitment based on the juvenile’s
Just in case you missed it, during the last statewide juvenile defender call for 2016, Eric Zogry addressed recent updates with the Raise the Age bill, our new ideas for improving communications statewide, and alternatives to probation. In regards to Raise the Age, the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice had their final meeting. One of the key recommendations was to raise of the age of juvenile jurisdiction for 16 and 17 year olds, and Chief J
What’s the harm in putting a child in a detention center? While it might be argued that juvenile detention is in the best interest of the child prior to trial, statistical data proves otherwise. The detrimental affects on youth and their families for even brief periods of containment in juvenile detention are detailed here. Probation orders are also a common problem, and probation just happens to be the most common disposition given to juveniles adjudicated delinquent. The