November 14, 2014 Practice Points

First-Ever Comprehensive Evaluation on Juvenile Records

By Marlene Sallo

The Juvenile Law Center (JLC) has released a first-ever comprehensive evaluation of state policies that govern the confidentiality and expungement of juvenile court and law enforcement records. Failed Policies, Forfeited Futures: A Nationwide Scorecard on Juvenile Records underscores the limited opportunities that exist nationally for youth when we fail to protect them from the harmful effects of their juvenile records. The scorecard measured each state's overall treatment of records based on its performance in two policy areas: (1) confidentiality of records during and after juvenile court proceedings; (2) the availability or ease of sealing or expungement.

The scorecard can be accessed on the JLC website along with a comprehensive and interactive map and the complete dataset. 

Keywords: litigation, children's rights, Juvenile Law Center, JLC, juvenile records, confidentiality, expungement

Marlene Sallo is a CRLC working group member in Washington, D.C.


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