In 1962, a 15-year-old Arizona boy named Gerald Gault may or may not have made a lewd phone call to a neighbor. Gerald was arrested, prosecuted, removed from his parents’ custody, and sent to a juvenile prison, all without legal representation. Gerald’s mother’s outrage at the treatment of her son eventually propelled the case to the United States Supreme Court. With its sweeping 1967 decision in In re Gault, the Court revolutionized the American juvenile court system by finding that children charged with delinquency have a constitutional right to counsel.
This anthology, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Gault decision, blends, across its three parts, legal and historical analyses, oral history, and personal narrative to provide an overview of modern Supreme Court juvenile justice jurisprudence, the advocates and organizations that defend children in juvenile court, the role these lawyers have played in the fight for justice for accused children, and the contemporary challenges facing juvenile defenders and their clients. The authors are leading juvenile justice reformers, advocates, and scholars, all of whom have been deeply involved in shaping modern juvenile justice policy and practice and most of whom have represented children in juvenile court.
This book is for everyone concerned about justice in America. The personal narratives about children in the system will intrigue students and academics, engage lay individuals who are interested in children’s rights, and guide professionals, legislators, and other policymakers involved in juvenile justice reform and criminology.
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, L. Q. C. Lamar Professor of Law, Director, Child Rights Project, Faculty Director, Emory Law SJD Program at Emory University School of Law: 'Nationally recognized experts show how our juvenile justice system, originally intended to protect children, has too often violated children’s constitutional rights. Gripping stories from lawyers on the front lines document hard won victories in the battle for justice for juveniles and highlight the challenges that lie ahead.'
Mark Soler, Executive Director of the Center for Children's Law and Policy: 'The essays are thoughtful, fascinating and inspirational, written by those who worked on the front lines and later became national leaders of juvenile justice reforms. The historical chapters are like a time machine for those who care about social justice.'
1. Introduction; 2. Acknowledgements; 3. Notes on Contributors; 4. The Many Stories of In re Gault - Zawadi S. Baharanyi & Randy Hertz; 5. Arizona Before and After In re Gault: Has Arizona Realized the Promises of Gault? - Ellen Marrus & Chris M. Phillis; 6. Toward Equal Recognition, Representation, and Protection: Legal and Extra-Legal Advocacy for Black Youth in the Juvenile Justice System - Kristin Henning, Jenadee Nanini & Geoff Ward; 7. A New Juvenile Jurisprudence: How Adolescent Development Research and Relentless Defense Advocacy Revolutionized Criminal Law and Jurisprudence - Eduardo Ferrer; 8. The Due Process Revolution in New York’s Juvenile Court: The Early Years After Gault - Martin Guggenheim; 9. Gault’s Ripple Effect: The Founding of Juvenile Law Center - Robert Schwartz; 10. Specializing in Juvenile Defense: The D.C. Public Defender Service as a Case Study - Kristin Henning, Randy Hertz, & Hannah McElhinny; 11. The Role of Law School Clinics in Implementing the Gault Decision - Wallace Mlyniec & Meghan Strong; 12. Raising the Bar: Pushing Back on the Myth that Teenagers Become Adults When They are Prosecuted as Adults - Nancy Ginsberg; 13. Building a National Juvenile Defense Community: The National Juvenile Defender Center - Patricia Puritz; 14. Being David: The Future of Juvenile Defense and the Goliath of Youth Injustice - Mary Ann Scali; 15. Pride and Prejudice: Juvenile Defenders for Racial Justice - Kristin Henning & Erin Keith; 16. Gerald Gault, Meet Brendan Dassey: Preventing Juvenile False and Coerced Confession in the Twenty-First Century - Laura Nirider, Megan Crane & Steven Drizin; 17. No More "Desert Devil’s Island": The Right to Counsel for Incarcerated Children - Laura Cohen & Sandra Simkins; 18. Gault at 50: What Juvenile Defenders Can Do to Dismantle the Youth Prison Model - Liz Ryan & Carmen Daugherty; 19. Busting the "Juvenile Super-Predator" Myth - Laura Cohen & Jane Spinak