• Apr 15, 2019

Houston Institute Joins Amicus Brief on Juvenile Justice Case Before Mass. SJC

The Houston Institute joined an amicus brief this week arguing that legislation geared toward keeping kids out of the school-to-prison pipeline by prohibiting criminal proceedings against juvenile students for “disturbing a school assembly” based on in-school conduct must be applied retroactively to cases pending when the law was enacted; indeed, the purpose of the law was to prevent the discriminatory enforcement of criminal punishment for normal student behavior and to stop one element of the school to prison pipeline. CPCS’s Youth Advocacy Division filed the amicus brief, which was written by private attorney Melissa Allen Celli. The brief urged the high court to apply the law retroactively. Citizens for Juvenile Justice, the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, Massachusetts Appleseed, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Anti-Defamation League all signed onto the brief as well.

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