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June 14, 2017

For Philadelphia Youth: Online Guide for Juvenile Record Expungement

posted by Whiquitta Tobar, Zubrow Fellow

A middle school fight can last forever. Years after the school calls the police and the adolescent goes to court, the record of the incident can continue to affect a young person’s ability to find gainful employment, qualify for college loans, secure housing, or generally move on from the worst moment in her young life. For so many youth, this is their story.

Tags:Access to Education|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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July 29, 2016

Delaware Passes Four Progressive Juvenile Justice Laws

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Delaware's Office of Defense Services, along with a coalition of criminal justice groups, helped pass several pieces of important juvenile justice legislation in 2016.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances|State and Federal Legislation
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April 21, 2016

The box that stops some college applicants in their tracks

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Over 600 colleges and universities use the Common Application, which includes a check box asking applicants about any past juvenile crimes. Although research shows that most schools don’t deny admission based on this information, the vast majority of youth with records who see this check box will not complete the college application.

Tags:Access to Education|Ban the Box|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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April 15, 2016

Diversion programs can help keep youth out of "the system" by preventing arrests

posted by Emily Haney-Caron, JD/PhD Candidate, Juvenile Law Center legal intern

Each year, over 1 million youth are arrested across the country, and 95% of those arrests are for non-violent offenses. Kids are increasingly being arrested by police officers working in schools for behaviors that schools used to handle as routine disciplinary problems: throwing an eraser, chewing gum, or arguing in the hallway. Keeping kids from entering the juvenile justice system is an important step in curbing the flow of the school-to-prison pipeline and making sure kids can get their lives back on track. Diversion programs help keep kids out of the system, and these programs work best when youth are diverted before they’re even arrested.

Tags:Diversion Strategies|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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February 04, 2016

Why "Ban-the-Box" Isn't Enough

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Have you ever been convicted of a crime? This question is asked on nearly every job application. The vast majority of employers use the question to decide whom to interview and, ultimately, whom to hire. But while this tiny check box tells employers very little about the candidate, depending on the response it can result in missed opportunities for countless individuals who have remained crime-free and are ready to work. The stakes are even higher for youth who haven’t yet had a chance to land their first job or start a career.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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