ABA Sets Up Juvenile Collateral Consequences Site

This site is  nice clean example of using technology to alert people to problems that they might otherwise ignore.  It is designed to let juveniles think about the possible consequences of juvenile pleas that go beyond the obvious.

I also see it as part of the long overdue movement to eliminate the counter-productive distinction between civil and criminal representation.  That distinction is largely a historical artifact, dating from the different political histories of Gideon v. Wainright, and the OEO Program.

The separation is, of course, now enshrined in Federal law with respect to LSC funded programs, and deeply baked in because of state and county public defender funding systems.

However, there have been outstanding examples of integration of services, see, e.g. Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem.

 

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I am deeply involved in access to justice and the patient voice movement.
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