Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Confidentiality and Expungement of Juvenile Records

Failed Policies, Forfeited Futures: A Nationwide Scorecard on Juvenile Records, is the first-ever comprehensive evaluation of state policies that govern the confidentiality and expungement of juvenile court and law enforcement records. No state earned the maximum five-star rating, with the national average coming in at three stars out of the possible five stars.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Public access to records of juvenile arrests, court proceedings and dispositions can impede successful transitions to adulthood for many youth, especially when these records remain available long after the youth’s involvement with the juvenile justice system has ended. These records can create obstacles for youth seeking employment, education, housing and other opportunities. In this National Review, we provide an overview of state laws and policies on confidentiality, sealing and expungement, and note how many of these state laws and policies fail to adequately protect children.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)|Juvenile Law Center Publications
A Guide to Juvenile Detention Reform

True to its title, this report aims to help jurisdictions embed the goals of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) into state law.

Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
A New Look at Legal Advocacy for Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems

Sets forth key risks of and opportunities for using research on trauma in youth advocacy, and focuses on legal strategies advocates can use in court, and the state and local policies needed to support these strategies.

Child Welfare and Foster Care
An Educational Toolkit for Philadelphia Foster Youth

Toolkit for foster youth, by foster youth to help plan for high school graduation and getting into college. 

Juvenile and Criminal Justice
An information and Advocacy Guide

Created by youth in Philadelphia with experience in the juvenile justice system to help other youth understand the system and the juvenile court process. 

Juvenile and Criminal Justice
The Story of a Successful Public-Private Partnership

Highlights some of the ways that Pennsylvania's state advisory group combined people, vision and dollars with those of Models for Change to improve Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Federal policy recommendations to the Departments of Education, Justice and Labor on how to provide access to quality education and career/technical training for young people in the correctional system in order to improve their educational opportunities, reduce recidivism, and improve lives.  

Child Welfare and Foster Care

A youth-developed written agreement that outlines the age-appropriate activities, responsibilities, and life skills for youth ages 13-21 in the child welfare system, and how the caregiver and agency will support those goals. 

Child Welfare and Foster Care
Tools for Educators, School Administrators and Counseling Staff

Set of tools to help educators and administrators understand the issues youth in the foster care system face, and to identify simple interventions that can make a difference helping youth in care succeed in school. 

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