Public Defense Improvement Program

Resources for Public Defense Representation of Juveniles Facing Criminal Charges

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Juvenile Defense Training Academy

The Juvenile Defense Training Academy is a four-day training program designed to give current and aspiring juvenile defenders the legal and practical skills unique to defending juveniles facing criminal charges. 

 Recorded Webinar: No Baby in this Bathwater: Juvenile Sex Offender Registration is Failed Policy

A concise review exitingwebsite of the research on the juvenile sex offender registration by a leading scholar from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau.  Her research shows that registration of juveniles does not accomplish the stated goals of public safety and accountability, but does result in very harmful consequences for youth on the registry.  These consequences handicap the youth in achieving a productive life by limiting educational, social and employment opportunities. Video | Slides


Recorded Webinar: A Developmental Framework for Juvenile Cases

Presented by Dr. Marty Beyer. This one-hour session will address the impact of immaturity, disabilities, and trauma on youth facing criminal charges. The class also focuses on designing developmentally-sound rehabilitation services for each adolescent. Click here to view.exitingwebsite


Videos with Downloadable Resources on Consequences of Juvenile Adjudications

Juvenile court involvement substantially impacts the life of youth and their families – beyond direct consequences such as detention, probation, and restitution. Having a juvenile court record can impact youths’ opportunities in areas such as housing, education, employment, and healthcare. With grant funds received from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, OPD developed a series of web videos to help youth, their families, and people working in the juvenile justice system better understand these collateral consequences, and help youth achieve success. Each video is approximately twenty minutes in length, and contains a variety of helpful web links and downloadable resources.

  Juvenile Public Defense: Systems, Structures, and Standards


Juvenile Resources by Topic:


Child & Adolescent Development Studies

Collateral Consequences


 Defense Advocacy at Detention Hearing

DSHS Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) Programs, Policies, and Institutions

Human Trafficking

Immigration and Foreign Born Clients

LGBT Youth

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

 Record Sealing

Truancy Proceedings









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