The JJC has challenged the validity of prosecutor-led juvenile justice roundtables that persuant to MGL c.12 §32 focuses on discussing at-risk youth, chronic violence, and "school safety" issues.

Cleansing Juveniles' Records

Pursuant to the 2002 Supreme Judicial Court ruling in Comm. v. Gavin G., 437 Mass. 470, holding that Massachusetts state law does not permit the expungement of juveniles' records. The JJC has again supported legislation to permit the purging of juveniles' records.

Police/Youth Interaction

The JJC actively monitors police/youth interactions to ensure youths' civil rights are protected. The JJC has embarked on a training initiative with the MBTA Transit Police, which focuses on adolescent development issues and effective approaches for policing youth.

New Young Americans Project

The Juvenile Justice Center conducted a survey of 400 immigrant youth in the Boston area about a range of topics including their interactions with police and the juvenile justice system. The survey results were published at the New Young Americans Conference; Charting a Course for Immigrant Youth in a Changing Commonwealth, held January 8 and 9, 2004. The survey is available below, as are conference program notes.



NLG National Immigration Law Project

One of the topics of the conference was the impact of involvement of juvenile justice on immigrant youth with tenuous immigrant status and strategies defenders can employ to best protect these youth.Dan Kesselbrenner, Director of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) National Immigration Law Project, prepared a guide to immigration law for juvenile defenders. The powerpoint link below offers defenders a primer on the impacts of juvenile adjudications, as well as youthful offender adjudications, on children's immigration status. In addition to the website, and for continually updated information, defenders should also consult the NLG's website at:

Disproportionate Minority Contact In Mass

ACLU Report: Minority Confinement in Massachusetts: Failures in Assessing and Addressing Overrepresentation of Minorities in the Massachusetts' Juvenile Justice System, June 2003

Massachusetts has failed to address the overrepresentation of youth of color in its juvenile justice system as required by federal law, according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union at a news conference with juvenile justice advocates.