Juvenile Justice Task Force

The Juvenile Justice Task Force works to address inequality within the Family Court System. These issues include inadequate access to lawyers, allowing probation officers to be advocates for the children while serving as an arm of the prosecution, and the subjugation of black youth to formal cases and harsher outcomes. The Task Force seeks to address these issues by 1) asking the court to appoint counsel for the youth in every hearing who meet the standards of the National Juvenile Defender Center, 2) having Family Court staff participate in implicit bias, structural racism, and rapid intervention training, and 3) having the Family Court hold stakeholder conversations to create alternatives to detainment and over-commitment to the Division of Youth Services.

MCU Staff