September 5, 2019

This snapshot from the National Juvenile Defender Center is based on statutory analysis and interviews with juvenile defenders in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It examines how state laws governing money bail in delinquency proceedings are put into practice in local jurisdictions and how those practices can impact youth and their families in the juvenile legal system.

A Right to Liberty reveals that money bail is used with “shocking regularity in juvenile courts, not as a mechanism for ensuring that young people have a right to liberty, but as a means of ensuring that youth are kept behind bars without any finding of guilt.”

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Source: JusticeCenter