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National Juvenile Defender Center Smart on Juvenile Justice Access to Justice Training and Technical Assistance

Award Information

Award #
2015-MU-BX-K002
Location
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2015
Total funding (to date)
$2,603,061

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,188,106)

The OJJDP FY 2015 Smart on Juvenile Justice: Enhancing Youth Access to Justice Initiative will provide funding to (1) develop effective, statewide, well-resourced model juvenile indigent defense legal delivery systems; (2) develop and implement standards of practice and policy for the effective management of such delivery systems; and (3) develop state or regional resource centers to help state, tribal, and local juvenile defense systems enhance the quality of legal representation, leverage resources, and collect and analyze data to measure the effectiveness of specific initiatives. This initiative will provide cost-effective and innovative training for the juvenile indigent defense bar, including public defenders and court-appointed counsel working on behalf of juvenile indigent defendants, particularly in traditionally underserved locations, including rural areas.

Category 2: Youth Access to Justice Training and Technical Assistance will support training and technical assistance to focus on juvenile defense, identify gaps in practice, and train on strategies. The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) will provide training and technical assistance focused on the need to promote specialization in juvenile defense, identify and address gaps in practice, and, train stakeholders on strategies for improved youth outcomes. The goals of NJDC’s proposed project are: to support the development of effective, statewide, well-resourced, juvenile defense delivery systems nationwide; help states and localities adopt policies and practices that enhance juvenile defense infrastructure; and support the development of state or regional resource centers that provide information, training, policy development, and data collection. NJDC’s proposal is designed to capitalize on NJDC’s proven ability to create and leverage national interest in new initiatives that support and enhance juvenile defense systems and improve outcomes, while reducing harm for youth exposed to the juvenile court system. CA/NCF

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates.

This Project will advance OJJDP’s Enhancing Youth Access to Justice Initiative (EYAJI) to develop effective, statewide, well-resourced, juvenile defense delivery systems; to help states and localities adopt policies and practices that enhance juvenile defense infrastructure; and, to support the development of state or regional resource centers that provide information, training, policy development, and data collection. The overall objective of the Initiative is to provide national training and technical assistance (TTA) that focuses on the need for specialization in juvenile defense, remedies gaps in practice, and trains stakeholders on strategies for improvement and reform.

NJDC’s plan includes five interwoven strategies: (1) TTA to promote comprehensive statewide juvenile defense system reform; (2) TTA to local, state, regional, and tribal defenders and defender systems to enhance the quality of legal representation and increase juvenile defense specialization; (3) Community building, leadership development, networking, and peer to peer learning opportunities to juvenile defenders at local, state, tribal, regional, and national levels; (4) Marketing, outreach, networking, and publications to educate the public and assist stakeholders in improving juvenile defense practice and policy; and (5) Develop civil legal services for youth in post-disposition and re-entry, and addressing the collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications at host organizations across the country.

NJDC will continue to work cooperatively with and provide site-specific intensive technical assistance to EYAJI state and regional grantees to ensure the new models of juvenile defense delivery are effective, developmentally appropriate, and guided by best practice and the highest juvenile defense standards. And, NJDC will continue to train and work with the six Juvenile Post-
Disposition Re-Entry Legal Fellows deployed to remove legal barriers for youth in host
organizations across the country.

NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 27, 2015