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.
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