September 19, 2007

FL: improving defense services to children

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Professor to boost juvenile justice - Using a $779,000 grant, he will train some area lawyers to better serve kids accused of crimes

Kids pleading guilty without talking to a lawyer. Teenagers waiving their rights without understanding the consequences. Little trial preparation by attorneys.

These findings from a 2006 study of Florida's juvenile-justice system make Gerard F. Glynn cringe. That's why Glynn, an associate professor at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, is leading the charge for a new center to focus on improving legal representation for children in the juvenile-justice system...