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California Supreme Court Rejects Actuarial Approach to Parole Eligibility

In a 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court held that a 50-year-to-life sentence for youth ineligible for parole under California’s Youthful Offender Parole Act violates the 8th Amendment within the meaning of Graham v. Florida. (People v. Contreras et al, S224564, filed Feb. 26, 2018). The majority opinion, penned by Justice Liu, and …

Governor Brown Signs Huge Package of Criminal Justice Reform Bills

On Wednesday, October 11, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of legislation which — in the words of the Governor’s own press release — will “improve California’s criminal and juvenile justice systems, restore the power of judges to impose criminal sentences and reduce recidivism through increased rehabilitation.”

Many of these bills would not have …

First District: Dismissal of 707(b) Offense Under WIC 782 Requires Sealing Under 781

In a sweeping published decision, the Court of Appeal granted David T.’s motion to seal his juvenile petition for a robbery, a 707(b) offense. The Court held that “because the court’s order setting aside the robbery finding and dismissing the petition under section [Welfare and Institutions Code section] 782 erased the petition as if it

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR ROUNDTABLE 2017

Looking for MCLE credits to help you demonstrate competence under the new California Rules of Court, rule 5.664 (AB 703)? Or just want to be up on the latest developments in California juvenile justice and build your knowledge in specific areas of the law?

PJDC’s Annual Roundtable brings together juvenile advocates from around California for …

LA County Bar Association Honors Two Juvenile Defenders

In a historic first, the Los Angeles County Bar Association has named two juvenile defense attorneys the “Defense Attorneys of the Year.” At its May 2017 Criminal Justice Awards dinner, long time juvenile defenders Rourke Stacy of the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office and Maureen Pacheco of the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s …

PJDC Featured in New Report on Deincarceration

PJDC’s work in helping to reduce population in California’s state facilities for juveniles is featured in Breaking Down the Walls, a new report from the Youth First Initiative.  The report details transformational campaigns in six states over the past two decades aimed at dismantling the current system of youth incarceration and establishing more effective …

You’re Invited: NJDC’s Gault at 50 Gala on May 15, 2017

LACBA to Honor Rourke Stacy and Maureen Pacheco as Criminal Defense Attorneys of the Year

Since 1985 the Criminal Justice Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association has presented annual awards to the outstanding judge of the year, prosecutor and criminal defense attorney of the year in Los Angeles County and a career achievement award. This year’s honorees will include Rourke Stacy, member of PJDC’s Board of Directors, and …

LACBA Independent Juvenile Defender Program Seeking Applicants for Attorney and Program Administrator Positions

The Los Angeles County Independent Juvenile Defender Program (IJD) at the Los Angeles County Bar Association is accepting applications for the following positions: (1) Resource Attorney; (2) Appellate Attorney; and (3) Program Administrators.

Resource Attorney: The resource attorney will assist the defense teams by providing augmented advocacy for juvenile delinquency clients with cognitive disabilities and/or …