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Eliminating the Practice of Indiscriminate Shackling of Youth

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Date Published
December 2013
2 pages
This brief discusses the need for eliminating the practice of indiscriminate shackling of youth.
As noted in this brief, many youth in custody often are forced to appear in court indiscriminately shackled; a practice that needlessly humiliates, stigmatizes, and traumatizes them. This brief argues that the practice of indiscriminate shackling is inconsistent with the rehabilitative goals of the juvenile justice system and that it is offensive to the idea of due process. The brief highlights efforts in States across the country to end this practice, including those in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Washington State. These reform efforts have been successfully replicated in Colorado, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, and New Mexico. More information on these reform efforts can be obtained from the National Juvenile Defender Center.