Virginia: Youth justice system overlooks indigents

Virginia: Youth justice system overlooks indigents

The American Bar Association issued a report that found the state’s juvenile justice system fails to provide adequate counsel for indigents.

The ABA’s Juvenile Justice Center found youths with mentalhealth and school-related problems are waiving their rights to counsel.

One key finding is that Virginia appoints a lawyer after an initial hearing. This means most detained juveniles are locked up without benefit of a lawyer.

Copyright Washington Crime News Service Oct 15, 2002

Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved