Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $450,000)
This program provides funding to states and localities to enhance juvenile defense in one or more of the following areas: training of staff, data collection and analysis, juvenile defense delivery system analyses, and/or a specific need(s) that has been identified by the state or locality related to providing juvenile defense services to youth offenders. This program is authorized pursuant to the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. L. No. 115141, 132 Stat. 348, 423).
The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, in partnership with the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services and the North Carolina Office of Juvenile Defenders, will implement a North Carolina Juvenile Defender State Enhancement Program to (1) analyze the states current juvenile defense delivery systems by identifying critical program, practice, and policy needs and gaps; areas for improvement; and aspects that are working and may be replicable across jurisdictions; (2) develop and implement a specialized training program for staff and stakeholders involved with assisting juvenile offenders within the juvenile justice system; and (3) improve the state courts data collection and reporting capacity, specifically relating to youth and their legal representation, and access to services pre- and post-adjudication. CA/NCF