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Juvenile Justice 40 Years After In Re Gault
Last Featured: 12/24/2007

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In 1967, 15-year-old Gerald Gault was sentenced to six years in prison for making a lewd phone call, without written notice of the charges, witnesses, or an attorney. In its landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles accused of crimes have the right to due process protections under the 14th Amendment, including the right to an attorney. But today in some parts of the country a disturbing number of juveniles waive their right to an attorney, leading some to argue that the justice system has not made adequate progress in implementing these protections. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we look at what In re Gault has meant for juvenile justice over the last 40 years and ask if today's system does enough to protect young defendants.

The Gault Decision
Host Margot Adler speaks with lawyer Norman Dorsen about In re Gault, the landmark 1967 case he argued and won in the Supreme Court.

Norman Dorsen is the Stokes Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law and the co-director of the school's Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program.

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A Parent's Story
Host Margot Adler speaks with Grace Bauer about her son's experience in the juvenile justice system.

Grace Bauer is the director of the Lake Charles chapter of Family and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children.

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Juvenile Justice 40 Years After Gault
Host Margot Adler discusses the continuing challenges of ensuring that minors get the right to counsel with juvenile justice lawyers Amanda Powell and Marsha Levick.

Amanda Powell is an assistant state public defender in the Juvenile Section of the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, where she specializes in minors' right to counsel.

Marsha Levick is co-founder and legal director of the Juvenile Law Center, a nonprofit legal center dedicated to protecting and advancing children’s rights.

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Helping Kids Help Themselves
Independent producer Shea Shackelford visits Street Law in Washington, D.C., for a workshop which teaches first time juvenile offenders about their rights.

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Gault of the Digital Age?
Hillary, a Philadelphia teenager, talks about how she didn't receive counsel after being arrested and charged with harassment over a controversial MySpace page.

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A Judge's Perspective
Host Margot Adler speaks with juvenile judge Steven Rubin about the impact of the Gault decision on his courtroom.

Stephen Rubin is the judge pro tempore of the Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Arizona. He is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Arizona College of Law, where he specializes in juvenile law.

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In re Gault (1967)
Kent v. United States (1966)
In re Winship (1970)
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (1974)
Gault at 40
National Juvenile Defender Center
National District Attorneys Association
Campaign for Youth Justice
National Council on Crime and Delinquency's Children Research Center
Flex Your Rights
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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