Justice Involved Youth Resources

The CJJC has identified a few resources that may be useful for youth who come into contact with the justice system, or for their families and other supporters in their lives. The CJJC cannot offer you any legal advice, and cannot recommend attorneys to provide legal advice.  If you are involved in a delinquency proceeding, and cannot afford an attorney, an attorney will be appointed for you and you should direct questions about your case to that attorney.

  1. National Juvenile Defender Center – Tennessee State Profile The National Juvenile Defender Center, based in Washington, D.C., works on educating attorneys who represent children in criminal proceedings, and expanding their capacity to do better work more efficiently on behalf of their young clients, and on “concrete systemic reform” through “training, technical assistance, policy development, community-building, leadership opportunities, legislative advocacy, litigation support, and research.”   This link is an overview of Tennessee’s youth justice system from a legal perspective.
  2. Know Your Rights Presentation – Civil Liberties Defense Center The Civil Liberties Defense Center is a law firm in Oregon that represents arrested activists and initiates lawsuits to try to change policies and practices in the justice system.  This link is to a presentation for youth under the age of 18 to educate them on their rights in interactions with law enforcement agencies.
  3. Youth Edition Know Your Rights Brochure – Civil Liberties Defense Center This link is to a brochure created by the Civil Liberties Defense Center.  It is also designed for youth under the age of 18 to educate them on their rights in interactions with law enforcement agencies.

If one of the links does not work, please email us at cjjc@shelbycountytn.gov