D.C. Defense Attorneys Want Juveniles Released from Shackles in Court

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She had just turned 13 when she ran away from home and got into a scuffle with the police officer who found her.

Charged with assault, the teen was housed in a youth center operated by the District’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. When it was time for her first appearance in D.C. Superior Court, a DYRS agent instructed the teen to kneel on a chair and placed iron shackles, which were connected to a metal belt around her waist, onto her ankles and wrists. She waddled into the courtroom…

Read the full story on The Washington Post.

Learn more about juvenile indigent defense at the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub.


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