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Overdue for Justice: A Review of the Juvenile Justice System in Michigan

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Date Published

February 23, 2021


Oakland County Bar Association


Criminal Law, Juvenile Law


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In June 2020, the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) released an assessment of access to and quality of juvenile defense counsel in Michigan. "Overdue for Justice: An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Juvenile Defense Counsel in Michigan" highlights the exclusion of juvenile defense from current sweeping reforms of Michigan’s criminal defense system and raises concerns about the quality of defense counsel for children in Michigan’s delinquency system. It addresses other barriers to due process including the effects of fees and costs assessed to children and families, disparate treatment, shackling and bail provisions, and includes recommendations for actions that state and local leaders can take to improve the quality of juvenile defense.

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Justice Elizabeth T. Clement

Justice Elizabeth T. Clement joined the Michigan Supreme Court on November 17, 2017, becoming the 113th Justice and the 11th... Read More

Mary Ann Scali

Mary Ann Scali serves as the executive director of the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) where she works with juvenile... Read More

Jason Smith

Jason Smith is the Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Youth Justice. Jason began his career in the field of... Read More

Kristen Staley

Kristen Staley is the South-Central Michigan Regional Manager for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, where she... Read More

Kim Tandy

Kim Tandy has nearly three decades as a lawyer defending the civil rights of children, youth, and adults in the justice... Read More

Terri Gilbert

Terri Gilbert formerly served as the Executive Director of the Oakland County Bar Association. However, her experience spans... Read More

Melinda N. Deel, Esq.

Melinda N. Deel has been practicing law since 2001. Her primary areas of practice include: Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts,... Read More

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